Many people may not realize they have a bad bite, which is also known as “malocclusion”. Their malocclusion may be as simple as the two front teeth overlapping each other or a more complex malocclusion situation involving crowding, spacing, an open bite, a crossbite, a deep bite, protruding upper teeth, protruding lower teeth, or a midline shift. All these can contribute to an unattractive smile, therefore making you feel self-conscious about your smile.
If you think that either yourself or your child has some type of malocclusion then look at the descriptions below to determine if any resemblance is present. If so, orthodontics could be beneficial to improving your smile, overall self-confidence and self-esteem. Having a proper occlusion can also make it easier to clean and maintain your teeth and a healthier smile.
For further information about your first visit, a FREE patient’s guide to detecting bite problems, or to schedule an appointment please contact our office.
Do You Have A Normal Bite?
If your upper and lower teeth are in proper relationship they should fit together one-to-two; one tooth will fit between two teeth of the opposing dental arch. Also, no crowding, spacing, rotations, protruding teeth or overlapping teeth are present.
Do You Have Crowding?
Crowding is usually caused by inadequate space for teeth resulting in an unattractive smile with overlapping teeth or even some teeth being completely blocked out. Crowded teeth are usually more difficult to properly clean, often resulting in the buildup of plaque which can lead to decay or gum disease.
Do You Have Spacing?
Spacing between your teeth can be the result of: congenitally missing or extracted teeth; impacted teeth; a size difference between the upper and lower teeth; frequently repeated habits such as finger or lip sucking, or tongue thrusting; or your teeth being too small for the respective jaw. Spaces between your teeth may cause food impaction resulting in damage to the surrounding gums and bone.
Do You Have An Open Bite?
If your front or back teeth cannot be brought into contact with the opposing teeth when the other teeth are biting together, you have an open bite. This can be the result of abnormal skeletal development or a frequently repeated habit such as finger or lip sucking, or tongue thrusting. Possible problems resulting from an open bite include the inability to properly bite or chew your food which can lead to difficulty in proper digestion, improper lip closure which creates difficulty with swallowing, speech, and red swollen gums due to chronic air exposure.
Do You Have A Crossbite?
If your normal biting relationship is reversed, then you have a crossbite. This occurs when the lower teeth overlap the upper teeth and is usually caused by crowding, ectopic tooth eruption, or abnormal skeletal development. A crossbite may “lock” your lower jaw in place possibly resulting in problems such as pain, popping or clicking of your jaw joints, thin or receding gums, or abnormal wear of your teeth.
Do You Have A Deep Bite?
You have a deep bite if your upper front teeth overlap the lower front teeth too much and the lower teeth cannot be seen. This can create abnormal wear on both your upper and lower teeth, along with damaging the gums in the roof of your mouth by the impinging lower teeth.
Do You Have Protruding Upper Teeth?
Protrusion of your upper front teeth can be the result of frequently repeated habits such as finger or lip sucking, or tongue thrusting. If your first molar is forward to its proper relationship with the lower first molar,, either your lower jaw is underdeveloped or your upper jaw has grown too much. Protrusion of the upper teeth makes them more susceptible to accidents due to their isolation. Your speech may also be affected because of the inability to have proper lip seal or tongue position.
Do You Have Protruding Lower Teeth?
Protrusion of your lower teeth can be the result of positioning your lower jaw forward due to a biting interference, excess growth of the lower jaw, or poor growth of the upper jaw. Also known as an “underbite”, your lower first molar is forward to its proper relationship with the upper first molar. Protrusion of the lower teeth can result in increased tension and pain of the jaw joint.
Do You Have A Midline Shift?
This occurs when your dental midlines of each arch do not line up in one straight line. This can be caused by a difference in tooth size, a missing tooth or teeth, crowding, a crossbite, or an asymmetry in the jaws. If not addressed it could create a muscle imbalance, possibly resulting in increased tension and pain of the jaw joint.
Concepts in Orthodontics
The concepts and appliances of Orthodontics
1- The first function of the jaws is to support our airways and breathing pathways.
Sleep researchers sleep neurologists, sleep respirologists and interested dentists are all now working
together to redesign how we repair damaged airways and grow them better in our children.
2- The second function of the jaws is to support breastfeeding.
The organization Physicians for breastfeeding really understand that the first and best health measure
is breastfeeding for the health of both the child and the mother. This is where orthodontics begins in
nature. All mammals must breastfeed and only the human mammal has willingly changed its feeding
practices and its food supply. We have made a big mistake! We and our children will all suffer from this
mistake until we change our feeding habits back to imitating nature.
3- The third function of the jaws is to support good erect vertical upright head and neck
posture and function.
4- The fourth function is to enable speech which is also an airway function and unique to
the human mammal.
It also means we can snore and choke because our swallowing of food and breathing of air must share
on tube for a short time and herein lies the dilemma. Evolution has given us the capacity for speech and
the new super brain for speculation and spirituality but snoring and choking came with it.
5- Jaws are also useful for chewing and all the other minor functions that we invent.
Like hanging from a rope, cutting thread or fishing line and so on.
For all orthodontic practitioners to be our best we must broaden our patient’s jaws and our personal outlooks to be the best possible imitators of Mother Nature. That is copy the best in facial growth, airway development and joint and muscle function that is found under ideal conditions in Mother Nature. We must encourage wider jaws, healthy jaw joints and ideal growth of the airways in our younger patients and try to restore ideal function in our older patients.
Our ideals must be a beautiful broad maxilla including a well developed or ideal roman arch form of a well rounded maxilla .The maxilla or upper jaw must have the correct osseous or cranial relationship to the temporal bones and the hyoid bone as well as the cranial base bones which are the nasal bones, the sphenoid bone and the occipital bones. Remember all cranial bones have micromotion and they are plastic they are not skeletal rocks. Human jawbones are like an airplane in their movements in that they can “pitch, roll or yaw “and this is powered by the muscles and limited by the sutures or ligaments that are attached to them . Don’t forget the maxillary-mandible complex is unique in that its master joints the left and right jaw joints are the first to be mature for breastfeeding, breathing, and expression in the growing fetus – baby and thus they are our most embryiologically, orthopaedically and neurologically profound joint systems in the human being. Micro trauma and macrotrauma also can also unfortunately move and break bones as we all know, but we are just talking normal day to day function.
The moving condyles of the mandible must be ideally located against the left and right temporal bones in dynamic function so that the articular discs are ideally interposed in all functional movements between the mandibular condyles and the glenoid fossae of the temporal bones. Thus in more detail the articular discs have their concave superior surfaces functioning smoothly and intimately against the posterior slopes of the articular eminences of the glenoid fossae, and their inferior concave surfaces of the articular discs are intimately in contact with the anterior –superior sloping surfaces of the moving mandibular condyles.If we don’t achieve these basic relationships then the condyles will be dislocated off the disc and relocated pathologically against the bilaminar zone of the retrodiscal ligament part of the time or all of the time.(Hey now my clicking jaw has stopped clicking which means it is either corrected which is good or permanently off the discal tissue which is bad)
These ideal jaw growth and ideal jaw function principles are the driving concepts behind what we call functional orthodontic appliances to grow better jaws and to correct malfunctioning ones. Remember these jaw bones are the most functionally mature in other words the most neurologically and embryologically advanced at birth ie they are derived from neural tube tissue and neural crest cell tissue. Thus these are the most advanced bone and muscle systems in our body yet they fall under tooth tissue influence after 6 months of age and this can prove to be a sabotaging influence from an embryologically inferior tissue. So the enemy can be ‘TOOTH ENAMEL’ “ which is merely of ectodermal origin. This inferior tissue (with no nerve tissue supporting it ) can completely disrupt the good function and growth of these critical facial bones or jaw bones and completely the ideal functional growth of these facial bones so that our airway, our chewing our appearance and our jaw joints suffer for a lifetime. No where else in human natural development has Mother Nature made such a huge blunder. Imagine the children (the teeth) telling the parents (the jaw joints) what to do! That should not happen in your family or mine. Thus the teeth should not dictate to the jaw joints!
To guide and correct these problems dentists world wide have worked for almost 200 years to design guiding and corrective appliances to keep Mother Nature on track so that the jaw bones grow to their fullest extent and the jaw joints are kept in proper play against the cranium. The upper jaw bone is often underdeveloped in modern humans. It is called the maxilla. We say our office theme is to maximize the maxilla so the lower jaw (the mandible )is also free to grow to its genetic blueprint potential.
This is called “Max the Max!” and “Max the Man.” And thus “Max the Airway”
This is the most important orthopaedic and neurologic care that your child can receive at a young age .This is why early swallow diagnosis and jaw growth development must be monitored from the earliest age possible. Let us now look at some of these appliances and study also the inventors and their ideas.
Examples of the Old School of Functional Appliances are:
The Schwartz Appliance to expand the upper jaw developed by Dr. Schwartz
The Bionator to create good mandibular-maxillary growth and function of the swallow and the jaw joints
The Frankel Appliance to encourage normal bone growth by controlling the neuromuscular envelope of facial muscles. developed by Dr. Frankel
The Saggital appliance to encourage anterior posterior arch development ie create more arch length
Examples of the most recently developed new functional appliances are:
The DNA appliance developed by Dr. David Singh.
The Homeblock appliance developed by Dr. Ted Belfor.
The Clark Twin Block and The Transforce appliances developed by Dr. William Clark of Scotland.
The MARA (Mandibular Anterior Repositioning Appliance) developed by American Orthodontist Dr. Jim Eckhart of California and orthodontist European Dr. Douglas Toll of Germany.
The Bioblock Facial growth system called Orthotropics by Dr. John Mew of the Purley school of orthodontics in England and now his son and orthodontist Dr. Michael Mew the next generation.
The Tandem appliance developed by Dr. Klempner to correct young Jay Lenos or class three patients
The Biofinisher by Dr. Jack Lynn to hasten vertical growth in the posterior arch area for bicuspids or promolars and molar movement in orthodontic or tmj patients.
The Spahl Split Vertical appliance by Dr. Terrence Spahl.
The Galella Tongue Training Appliance by Dr. Steve Galella of Tennessee to correct a tongue thrust or poor tongue swallowing function and open bites from tongue malfunction or thumb sucking.
The C.D. Distalizer or C.D. Anterior Remodeler These appliances were developed by Dr. Peter Ching.
The Ultrablock appliance is used to develop the maxilla and good maxilla to mandible relationships.
The key for new patients to understand what is happening to modern orthodontic practice is to embrace the concept of Integrative Medicine as taught by advanced forward thinking Medical Doctors.
Today orthodontic or rehabilitative dentistry can be and has to be multifactorial in its approach to pain or orthodontic patient.The easiest way to break it down is to divide it into 5 parts
1- is the airway compromised? Will our treatment impede the present or future airway in any way?
Mouthbreathing or Snoring isues? Rule out any autonomic nervous system issues using
2- Are the jaw joints functioning well and comfortably and correctly positioned against the the upper jaw
and the cranial bones (the temporal bones)
3- Is the maxilla and the mandible well developed and well positioned (the lower jaw which can be
compared to an airplane that is subject to 3 movements within the greater context of the skull .It can
pitch, roll or yaw or any combination of these 3 movements). It is key to human health to have the
maxilla, the upper jaw, properly developed laterally, anterior-posteriorly and on an even plane parallel
to the ground . If not then the cranial dentists and the world’s osteopaths of this world will tell us that then there are going to be cranial strains and imbalances that
should be addressed? (I love osteopathy and always tease my osteopath collegues by telling them that
they are the only profession that was Still born.)
4- Are the muscles and the whole neurovascular trigeminal nerve complex functioning well Are there any
neuromuscular habits like clenching or grinding which can be distinctly different than grinding. Are
there any muscular trigger points referring pain .Are there any neural deficits (the three minute
cranial nerve review)
5- Are the teeth and arches well aligned? Is there a deep bite? Are there any missing teeth Is the case class
1,2 or 3? In this case a class 2 division deep bite case, are there any periodontal (gum) problems? In this
case we need to maximize the use of the waterpik, sulcabrush and do some intense cleaning and 1064
nanometer laser gum therapy at the end to get the gums in top shape and eliminate the 4 mm gum
pockets thst we have that we have charted. This is very simple with the periolase and the
Iplus waterlase , root planning and the topical antibiotic irrigation system that we employ at the
Talk to our staff and our patients about the revolution in managing gum diseases. That is another whole story in itself.
The key steps when you move from a class 2 to a class 1 jaw posture is holding the class one position while we are doing the treatment and then retraining the neuromuscular system to think class one when you eat sleep and swallow. We observed that you always speak sing or yawn in a neurophonetically correct position which you can usually test for simply by using the sounds of “MISS MISS” or “boston” or counting 65 to 76. This is classified as The best breathing Bite or a super class one speech or chewing position. That bite is determined by optimizing the airway or using the speech function portion of our brain as a vital clinical clue to where to finish our orthodontic and prosthetic cases.
Note millions upon millions of dentures have been made in this posture and are still made successfully every year by dentists and prosthodontists around the world for patients who have few or no teeth and the same rules of jaw posture and a physiologic bite in centric relation apply to patients with no teeth or misaligned teeth or many missing teeth. This good jaw posture concept is where dentistry and sleep medicine is heading and a good airway. The key in orthodontics is starting with the end in mind to finish close to a good class one good airway posture. Thus all dentists should have the same eventual end point to our treatment. The key here is close communication and good cooperation with our medical colleagues to ensure the speech position and the good airway position is always respected by all clinicians. We call this the “ Best Breathing Bite”.)
For you the patient understand that dentistry is changing its concepts of how we determine a good bite to harmonize with what is a good airway. Keep your appointments and report any problems at once i.e. a headache or a slipped wire or sore spot on an appliance. My staff and I have extensive training and skill and we are highly motivated to have our patients end up with a winning smiles and comfortable jaws and muscles. If you ever have a problem or question just call us and talk to us about it.
In many class 2 cases (deep bite and posterior bites) because of bad chewing and swallowing habits and because of the extensive intense clenching and grinding habits you will need to be retrained to a physiologic good breathing bite. This comes only with time and practice and you will initially get the position temporarily but then lose it as we move teeth and then with time and practice you will finally have a 100% class one jaw and bite. A night time bionator or a tooth and jaw positioner called a Greenie 4 will help you learn to retrain bad swallowing movements and poor chewing positions during the day and also control the nighttime clenching and grinding associated with a class 2 jaw posture . The key at the end of treatment will be to retrain the muscles with a sleeping appliance at night. Be patient we will retrain your jaw muscles, improve your snoring, your airway and your swallow, but it requires a motivated responsible patient to learn everything we have to teach you.
Anthropologists and archeologists can see that our changes in breast feeding and diet and the use of artificial nipples has contributed to the shrinkage of the human face and our sedentary lifestyle has meant that we are not as well muscled as our forefathers. The key to the head and face shrinking is the smaller upper jaw and they are really narrow now and have steep palate thus a small nosebox and poor capacity to breath via the nose.
We are all in this thing called life to live, love, learn and leave a legacy. We want our children to live well and have healthy happy prosperous lives but what we have learned here is that they will be handicapped if they have a small upper jaw and a displaced lower jaw and a poor breathing system. We have to change how we do diagnosis in dentistry and how we do orthodontics to meet the problems of the “shrinking head and face”. I know my colleagues and all the 60 doctors with whom I have trained in orthodontics are ready to change the world of orthodontics.
The key now is to get the attention of all the families who want the optimum in growth for their children to study the issues and grow their jawbones and airways with us.
Are you up to the challenge?
When you are looking around for the right orthodontist, you need to be specific about who the dentist will treat. You might be looking for an orthodontist for your child because you don’t want her to grow up with ugly teeth. Or perhaps you are an adult with teeth that badly need orthodontic treatment. Whether the patient is a child or adult, you can find a good orthodontist to help you.
There are various ways that a patient will need orthodontic treatment. The most obvious one is that the patient has teeth that are growing crooked so the dentist needs to intervene. Or perhaps the teeth of the patient are no longer growing but the bite and smile need work. Some people think that orthodontic work is only a cosmetic procedure but actually crooked teeth, gaps between your teeth, and the wrong bite can also affect the health of the patient. For example, a patient with crooked teeth might have food particles stuck in between the teeth but cannot remove these particles through brushing alone. A patient with a bad overbite may not be able to eat properly especially when biting into food. These are just some of the ways that you will need help from an orthodontist.
A good orthodontist will be able to help you by identifying problems with your teeth that he thinks he needs to work on. Some orthodontists specialize in working on the teeth of children and teenagers because the teeth and jaws of these two age groups are usually still developing and require special treatment. Other orthodontists focus on serving adult patients. The advantage with working on children and teenagers only is that the dentist will be able to arrest the growth of crooked teeth so they can be straightened with retainers or braces. On the other hand, your orthodontist might focus on adults only because they are easier to work on due to fully developed jaws and don’t get frightened easily by machines that an orthodontist uses. There are also orthodontists who can serve both children and adults. So you will need to specify what type of patient you want the orthodontist to work on.
Your orthodontist may be able to provide you alternatives to the usual metal wire braces if you do not want other people to notice your braces easily. For instance, you could opt for invisible braces that are connected to the back of your teeth rather than the front. This way you still get orthodontic treatment but don’t have to be self conscious that others can see your braces. You could also ask if your orthodontist can attach partial braces or make retainers instead.
Take note that orthodontic treatment may cost quite a lot whether the patient is a child or an adult. You should ask your health insurance provider if they will cover orthodontic treatment aside from the usual dental treatments. If the insurance doesn’t cover orthodontic treatment, you may ask your orthodontist if he has staggered payment plans so that you need not pay a lump sum for the orthodontics. If you have a credit card, you can also ask the dentist if that is applicable for his payment. These will help you to shoulder the cost of having orthodontics made and attached to your teeth.
We offer sound orthodontic treatment at our clinic for all types of patients. You can count on our orthodontists to give sound diagnosis of your dental problems and recommend the right orthodontic treatment to correct them. You stand to benefit from our years of training and experience in dealing with problematic teeth. You no longer need to keep looking for a competent orthodontist – do visit us today so we can determine how we can best help correct your dental problems.
If you are hoping to undergo smile correction treatment, there are many varieties that you can choose from, each with its own perks and setbacks. Over time and with the advancement of technology, orthodontists have begun to specialize specifically in unique types of treatment, so essentially, it bears more weight on you to choose one, and that can be somewhat of an overwhelming task.
First thing to do is to listen closely to what your dentist recommends, as he or she will be prioritizing your health above all else. They may even be the one to recommend getting teeth alignment to you, and when they do so, pay attention to their suggestions, and very often they will have an orthodontist in mind to refer you to. Orthodontists and dentists can often work together in a treatment plan for you, as well. You can also speak to friend and colleagues that have already had experiences with orthodontists and can recommend ones for you.
Before you schedule your consultation with a prospective orthodontist, check their credentials. The orthodontist that you should properly be considering should be licensed by the American Association of Orthodontists, which is an organization that develops ethical standards and training standards that are abided by licensed orthodontic practitioners. An officially licensed member of the AAO has completed two to three years of full-time postgraduate clinical experience. They also have to keep up to date on all the latest research as well as maintain up to date orthodontic technology.
One of the most common reasons that a person will see an orthodontist is to re-align “bad bite,” or medically known as malocclusion. The purpose for orthodontic treatments is to straighten and align teeth. The purpose is to make sure that your teeth fit together and that you have proper jaw alignment. Your consultation with a respected orthodontist will give you a better understanding of your current status and thus will be able to provide you with the needs to seek proper treatment, such as braces, aligners, retainers and more.
If you are unsure of what to ask the orthodontist when you first go, consider some of these choices:
– How long have you been practicing? What are specifically experienced in? It’s generally important that you pick an orthodontist that has experience in your particular situation, and the more experience an orthodontist will have, the more he or she will able to provide for you.
– Are you well-established? Getting referrals from friends or from your dentist is a good means to put trust in the fact that your potential orthodontist will be well-established in the community with a good reputation. If you have not received any recommendations, see if there are online reviews about the orthodontist in order to gauge how helpful he or she can be.
– Can I take a look at your portfolio? It’s important to see if you can view before and after photos of patients that they have helped. Use your judgment. If you like what you see, then that’s a good indicator that the particular orthodontist you are considering will be a good match for you.
– What about the technology? An orthodontist has to stay up to date not just with research, but with the technology used in the office. This should be a factor in your consideration.
– When it comes to braces, what do they offer? A good orthodontist will be well-knowledgeable about the different kinds of treatment options out there, of which there are four main types of braces: clear braces, traditional metal braces, lingual braces (these go behind the teeth) and Invisalign. If they can offer the kind of treatment you are interested, then it’s a good match.
Keep these suggestions in mind when choosing your orthodontist, as this will provide you with more ease and comfort when you finally make a decision. Poor orthodontic treatment can stay with patient for years through ramifications, so it’s not a decision that you will want to be making lightly. If you think about it, some orthodontic treatments can actually last you for about two years, so if you are considering what to look in an orthodontist, don’t take the decision too lightly. Speak to your dentist about your concerns, and more importantly, speak to your orthodontist about your worries. The way they answer you should give you a good idea of what to expect in the upcoming months that you will be going through treatment. With these suggestions in mind, the process of picking an orthodontist will be much smoother.
Orthodontics is by no means a new field. In fact, even Ancient Romans, Greeks, and Egyptians were taking measures to straighten their teeth. There is even evidence that these civilizations were using appliances to assist with the process. The point is, you are far from the first person to be considering braces of other treatment methods as an adult. Desiring a straight smile is nothing to be ashamed of. Obviously you’re not the first and you definitely won’t be the last. Believe it or not, most people aren’t born with perfectly straight teeth. Quite a few people get braces as kids, but many don’t for a variety of reasons. If you’re one of the many adults considering treatment it might be a good idea to ask your dentist for a referral on your next visit.
Undergoing smile correction treatment as an adult really isn’t that big of a deal. Sure, there are plenty of orthodontists who specialize in affordable braces for kids, but there are quite a few who work exclusively with adults as well. And even family orthodontists usually provide a variety of treatments that are perfect for adults. If you’ve never been, a visit to the orthodontist is a unique experience. They usually have the feel of a dentist’s office, but you’ll definitely see equipment you’ve never seen before. Typically your visit will move from a quick tour to a consultation. The orthodontist will take a look at your teeth and jaw line, ask a few questions, and make some opinions about different treatments they feel may work. The full picture won’t be clear until x-rays are taken and the teeth can looked at very closely.
People often associate visits to the dentist with painful procedures even though most visits are easy and pain-free. Many carry this association with them when they think about visits to the orthodontist as well. The truth is, there really is nothing to be afraid of. The equipment may look crazy and menacing, but most treatment methods are relatively painless. Occasionally during treatment there may be discomfort from pressure, but it’s far from the horrible pain that some imagine. Some aren’t worried about the pain, they just believe their teeth are beyond repair. In reality, a skilled orthodontist can fix even the most severe cases of crooked teeth and misalignments.
As you consider different candidates to be your primary orthodontist you’ll want to consider a variety of questions. Figuring out the answers to these questions will help guide your decision. Let’s take a look at what you should be thinking about:
How much experience does the orthodontist have?
You’ll want to learn as much as you can about different orthodontist’s experience, including their schooling and special training. You want an orthodontist who has the necessary experience and training to quickly and accurately assess your treatment needs.
Do they own their own practice or work for someone else?
If they own their own practice, you should find out how long it’s been in operation. It’s generally best to find an orthodontist who has a well-established practice in the community. It simply makes them easier to trust.
Is the orthodontist certified by the American Association of Orthodontists?
This is crucial. The AAO is the governing board responsible for ethical and practical standards for orthodontics in the United States. It’s a must that you find an orthodontist who is certified by the AAO. Most reputable orthodontist will be certified, so it shouldn’t be too difficult.
Try and think of any other questions that may help you narrow down your search.
Quite a few specializations exist in the field of orthodontics. One orthodontist may focus solely on kinds, others might be more interested in family orthodontics, and still others may narrow their focus down to something like hidden braces for teens and adults. The orthodontists you consult with will depend on the treatment you’re looking for. If the treatment is just for you, it might be worth it to look into orthodontists who specialize in adults. However, a family orthodontist may be a better options if everyone needs work.
If it is discreet options you’re looking for, you’re in luck. Modern orthodontics strives to cater to all needs, and that includes individuals who don’t want their treatment to be noticeable. Devices like clear braces and lingual braces have been around for years. Clear braces function just like traditional steel braces, but they are made of a clear plastic polymer instead of metal. They’re more difficult to notice. Lingual braces are usually made of metal, but they are hidden from sight, since the brackets are attached to the back of the teeth. They’re more difficult to install and work with, so it takes an especially skilled orthodontist to treat with lingual braces. Finally, Invisalign presents perhaps the best form of treatment when it comes to discretion. The system uses clear plastic aligners to gently push teeth into place, and while it won’t work for everyone, it’s a great solution for many adults trying to keep treatment under wraps.
Finding an orthodontist with experience, skill, and the knowledge to accurately and efficiently treat you and your family is essential. At the same time you want to make sure that you find an orthodontist that you actually like, since this professional relationship will likely last one to two years or more. For this reason it’s important that you consult with a couple of different options and find out who you mesh with best. Whether you need braces for kids or discreet braces for adults, you shouldn’t have much trouble finding the right orthodontist.
We spend a lot of time and money on figuring out ways that we can make ourselves look better, but the reality is that we don’t spend a lot of time on our teeth in the average day. I mean, let’s face it, we spend , what, maybe ten minutes total on brushing and flossing twice a day on any given day? Of course, that’s all that we can agree on being required in order to keep the teeth in decent shape over the course of our lives and that we can do over our day, but the fact of the matter is that there is actually some pretty wide disagreement on that too. Some believe that you should be brushing your teeth every time that you eat something or drink something that isn’t water, for example, which would mean you spend a lot of time brushing your teeth in the average day, which would be a real hassle.
Of course, they can do a lot more for you and to fix up your smile than all of that. If you are willing to put the money and time into working with them, then cosmetic dentists can create beautiful smiles that you will be happy to have for the remainder of your life, assuming that you take decent care of it, of course. Here are just a few of the great things that your local professional dentist can do for you in order to help you to fix up that smile.
1. Ceramic Crowns
Dental crowns are used to repair chipped or broken teeth whenever you have damaged your teeth for whatever reason. In some cases, you may have had a cavity, and they will give you a ceramic crown so that it won’t go on and become some sort of infection. Sometimes, they will just do it if you have chipped a tooth and they are repairing the chip. Whatever the case may be, ceramic crowns are basically made using various bonding agents that are designed to make the teeth look better and to make sure that various things don’t get infected (or get infected again, if they have already been infected once).
2. Teeth Veneers
What a lot of people don’t know is that when your teeth get damaged, there are things that can be done other than just giving up and smiling a lot less. For example, you can find a lot of things that you can do in order to make them look better. One of the big things, one of the most commonly used things that people will implement in order to fix up their smile, is dental veneers. Now, dental veneers, they’re the kind of thing that you don’t have any hassle in putting on or taking off, and even better, dental veneers can restore your beautiful smile when you haven’t paid attention to it, or when you have damaged it through just not taking care of your teeth the way that you ought to be doing. Whatever the case may be, you should absolutely try it out in order to fix up your smile.
3. Dental Implants
What happens, though, when the tooth doesn’t get chipped or cracked, but is so damaged that it falls apart or that it ends up rotting out of the mouth entirely? Well, then it is time to look at dental implants. They’ll be able to fix up the teeth a lot better, believe me, then attempting to put a veneer on a tooth that is just slowly coming apart. Dental implants, however, are a very serious surgery, and you should keep that in mind before you go out and get some.
Now, if you have kids, you are likely to, at some point in your life, encounter a situation where your children will have to have braces in order to fix up the alignment of their teeth. This isn’t something that your kids are likely to be very happy about, but it is something that is important for you to be able to do in order to make sure that your kids have the best smile humanly possible. Braces are a simple affair, consisting of a series of metal brackets and a metal wire that will realign their teeth with great ease.
So, if you are looking to perfect your smile, or if you are just looking for kids dentists to help out your children and make sure that they have a smile that they can be happy with, consider what your local professional dentist can do for you.
You know, we all want to look the best that we can. It’s the human condition, after all, and vanity is a big part of the human condition, it would appear. And that being the case, if you want to make sure that you will be able to look your very best, there are a few things that you are going to want to be looking into.
To begin with, you are going to want to make sure that you are taking care to look your best. This means working out from time to time, being mindful of what you eat, things like that. Then, of course, you are also going to want to make sure that you are working to ensure that you will be able to get the most out of your smile, and that is what I would like to talk to you about today; what you can do, with the help of your local professional orthodontist office, to make sure that you will be able to have the best smile that you possibly can. And the fact is that the list of things that you can do to make sure your smile will look its very best is a long list, one that is full of things that will be able to help you to improve your smile and its look. Here are just a few things that will be on that list:
1. Just taking general care of your teeth. I know, this may sound crazy, but if your teeth are basically falling apart, there is not much that anyone will be able to do for them, and that being the case, it behooves you to make sure that you are going to be brushing and flossing them as best you can be, and just generally making sure that you will be able to have a smile that is not falling apart. Seriously, if you end up needing your teeth realigned, there is not much that you can do if they’re basically falling apart.
2. I know that many of you think that the big thing I’m going to talk about is braces, adult braces, teen braces, whatever kind of braces. Right? Well, it will be, but I have something else to talk to you about first. Before you apply anything to the teeth, you are going to need to make sure that you will be working with your local professional dentist to ensure that you are going to be taking care of them, as I mentioned, but then you will find that you are going to need to be sure that you are doing things like, you know, getting your local orthodontist to take a look at your smile. Sounds crazy, but it will make your smile look its very best in the long run.
3. What are the most common methods that you think of for fixing up the alignment of the smile? Chances are that one of the things that comes to mind is the orthodontic headgear, right? And that will make sure that your smile will look its best, sure, but it will also involve a whole lot of hassle, and that being the case, you find that orthodontic headgear is something that, in a lot of cases, people really want to avoid. They do work, they’re just kind of terrible and old-fashioned.
4. Braces. Yes, I knew that we would get here, so don’t worry. Adult braces, teen braces, and even children’s braces, they are common ways to go out and make sure that your smile will be able to look its very best. They have been in use for quite some time, and the truth is that if you are going to go into your local orthodontist office, you are going to be very likely to find that there is someone who will be able to help you with those. In fact, the almost knee jerk reaction to the need to fix up the smile? Braces.
5. Invisalign. Of course, just because braces are common and whatnot, that does not mean that you are going to end up having to turn to them. Indeed, if you are looking to make sure that you will be able to not just fix your smile up, but to fix it up with a minimal amount of hassle, you are going to be looking to something more along the lines of Invisalign, which not just makes your smile look better, but will do so with the most discretion that you possibly can. Something to think about, folks.
And make sure that you keep your smile taken care of. You’ll be glad that you did.
Do you care about your smile? That was a rhetorical question, of course you do! Everyone cares about their appearance. Yet, for some reason there is an idea floating around in many people’s heads that having medical procedures done for purely cosmetic reasons is somehow selfish and vain. But the truth is that everyone cares about the way they look, and not everyone is dealt the best hand in terms of appearance. This is especially true with teeth. For many, who were not given early orthodontic treatment when they needed it, they have had to grow up with a serious case of malocclusion, which is a medical term for misaligned teeth. This is much more than a minor dental issue only shallow people would care about, but is usually a major problem for people’s well-being.
If you’re someone who’s grown up with malocclusion, then you know it’s hard. Every time you feel happy, every time you want to smile, that good feeling is accompanied by the embarrassment that comes from knowing you’re exposing a major physical flaw that you don’t feel good about. That’s an unfortunate situation, but luckily one that modern orthodontics can remedy.
While most people receive orthodontic care when they’re young, which is when it’s easiest, many do not, so you aren’t alone. The reason it’s so much easier to treat kids is that they don’t care as much about their appearance, and so don’t mind wearing the traditional braces, which are the cheapest and easiest way to resolve malocclusion. But the good news is that there are now several adult solutions to the problem, which don’t involve wearing tiny metal train tracks on the fronts of your teeth, which is fantastic. It feels good to know that a problem you have can be solved, and that, best of all, most dental plans will pay for it. Add to that the fact that dental coverage is cheaper than it’s ever been, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, and you have a recipe for a brighter smile.
So what do orthodontists have to offer adults? The solutions that are geared toward adult care in orthodontics today are either some variation on the concept of braces, or a newer alternative that parts ways with the braces approach. Remember, braces are basically metal brackets glued to the teeth, and wires connecting them, being used to pull them apart or closer together. It’s essentially a way of creating pressure on the teeth, to very slowly pull them apart, or push them together.
Some of the adult solutions don’t stray too far from the traditional idea of braces, but simply use different materials. Clear braces, as well as ceramic, simply use brackets that are made of either clear plastic, of color-matched ceramics, to blend in better with your teeth. They still have a single wire running across each row of teeth, so they aren’t a completely invisible solution, but they are surprisingly less deleterious to personal appearance than fully metal braces do. Still, these may not be covert enough for many people.
Lingual braces are a great option, that is actually pretty close to being invisible. This is because, although they are fully metal, their brackets are attached to the backs of the teeth, rather than the fronts. This means that they “hide” behind the teeth themselves, and so are virtually unnoticeable. The one drawback to this type of braces is that they can’t be used on all cases of malocclusion.
However, there is one other option, that is the most new, and the most technologically advanced. Invisalign takes a totally novel approach to smile correction, and in fact is not a type of braces, at all. Invisalign uses a totally different technology from braces, which is called aligners. Aligners are transparent plastic casings that fit over your teeth, in just such a way that they are comfortable to wear, yet doing so applies pressure to your teeth to conform to a new, more aesthetically pleasing alignment. They are created this way using laser scans of your teeth, which will be taken by your orthodontist, and then they are machine-printed to fit perfectly over them. They also are removable, which is a major advantage for eating, since other types of braces tend to get food stuck in them. The only drawback to Invisalign is that you must visit your orthodontist more often, to have new aligners created.
Clearly, orthodontists are making their best effort to have as many options available to adults as possible. Nobody wants to live with crooked teeth, and with all of the treatments at your disposal, you don’t have to. Do yourself a favor, and schedule an appointment with your local orthodontic office, today.
Do you suffer from a distinct crookedness of the teeth? Are you tired of your situation, and ready to put an end to it, once and for all, and have the straight, perfect, movie-star teeth you know you’ve always been destined to have? Let me tell you, there’s a proper, latin-derived medical term for your misaligned teeth, and that is malocclusion. Some say that 90% of people have some form of malocclusion, even if only 15% of the cases are severe enough to warrant the attention of an orthodontist. Of that 15%, not all are given the opportunity to receive that critical early orthodontic treatment, which means they grow into adulthood with the problem still plaguing them. If you are one such person, then on behalf of all humanity and civility, I’d first like to say, I’m sorry. I’m sorry you’ve had to live that way; but you should know you don’t have to any longer.
You may have thought, up to this point, that you are too old for braces. If the metal braces they use on children were the only kind available, I would tend to agree with you, but they’re not. There are in fact many types of braces which are geared towards the need of adults for discretion, and a lack of impact on personal appearance. Orthodontists are a rather ingenious and innovative lot, and since there have always been adults in need of discreet smile correction, they have, over the years, devised a variety of highly creative ways to accomplish exactly that aim.
For starters, there are braces that are like the metal variety in form and function, but made from different, less aesthetically abrasive materials. Clear braces are made from a transparent plastic, which makes them much less bothersome to the eyes. Ceramic braces take another similar strategy, but this time with ceramic materials that can be color-matched to the natural tone of your teeth. These two options are quite practical, in that they are just as effective as metal braces, but a bit less harsh on eyeballs. Although someone speaking to you would likely notice you were wearing them, they still don’t completely alter your appearance to that of an awkward, fully grown child, the way that metal braces no doubt would.
However, if the over-the-teeth approach is a bit too mainstream for your tastes, and you’re looking for something more subtle, lingual braces are an excellent option, although you’ve probably never heard of them; but why would you? You’re more likely to have seen a Sasquatch than a set of lingual braces, because they are so skillfully concealed, you’d need a tiny little periscope in the mouth, to ever hope to catch as much as a glimpse. That’s because these braces attach to the backs of the teeth, and do the same job as the normal braces, but from the rear. They’re a bit less versatile, and a bit more expensive, but if you have the right kind of crooked teeth, and the right size of wallet, they just might be for you.
For the other 99% of us, there’s Invisalign. Invisalign is a smile solution that, although somewhat bourgeoisie, is an extremely effective and discreet orthodontic method. Invisalign uses an alternative to braces, called aligners, to apply a constant pressure to teeth, in the direction of perfection. Rather than doing this with wires and brackets, as braces do, it does this by completely enveloping the teeth, like a plastic glove, and nudging them toward their ideal positioning. Invisalign is custom printed by your orthodontist, and removable, so you can take it out while you eat, and even while you sleep, if you want to. This is nice, because it can prevent food from getting stuck in your teeth, the way some foods can when you wear wire braces. The only catch is you have to go in more often to have new aligners printed, but other than that, Invisalign or a crowd pleaser that is affordable, as nearly invisible as you can get, and will accomplish the task just as well as most types of braces.
So, you see, whatever your smile correction needs and preferences, your friend the orthodontist has a solution that will work for you. There’s no need for you to have metal contraptions on your teeth just to get them straightened out a bit, it can all be done with discretion and care. If you’re in the market for an invisible braces solution, make an appointment with your orthodontist today.