Dental & Ortho – 12/16/19 – gtg

How often do I need to go to the dentist?

We recommend that you visit our dental offices at least once every six months. These routine visits enable our dentists and dental team to evaluate your oral health and provide you with a professional dental cleaning. If your smile is affected by certain conditions, our team may recommend more frequent visits to better help you maintain good oral health.

My teeth do not hurt, and they look fine. Do I still need to go to the dentist?

Even if you cannot see anything wrong with your teeth, it is important to keep up with your routine visits every six months. During your regular dental exam and cleaning, our team will check for any dental diseases and damage that may not be readily apparent. This enables us to provide the treatment you need before these problems become bigger and more painful. Your routine visit will also include a professional dental cleaning, which can help to prevent problems like tooth decay and gum disease.

Is it normal if my gums bleed when I brush my teeth?

No, your gums should not bleed when you floss or brush your teeth. Gums that bleed easily are a common symptom of gum disease. If you notice that your gums bleed when you brush, we urge you to contact us today to schedule a visit with our team.

What is gum disease, and how do I know if I have it?

Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, is a condition that affects the soft tissues of the mouth. If left untreated, this degenerative condition may lead to consequences like tooth and bone loss. You may have gum disease if you experience the following symptoms:

Gums that bleed easily

Swollen gums

Loose teeth

Painful chewing

Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth

Pus around the teeth and gums

Gums that are redder than usual

Tender gums

If you notice these signs of gum disease, we encourage you to contact our dentists for the treatment you need.

What is cosmetic dentistry, and how can it benefit my smile’s appearance?

Cosmetic dentistry includes several dental treatments designed to improve your smile’s appearance. Through cosmetic dentistry, our dentists are able to correct flaws in your smile like crooked or gapped teeth, misshapen teeth, very worn teeth, discolored or darkened teeth, cracked teeth, and broken or chipped teeth.

What can I do about teeth that are stained, darkened, or yellowed?

Over time, many factors may contribute to tooth discoloration. Our dentists may suggest professional teeth whitening to brighten and whiten your teeth. This is a simple, quick treatment that can noticeably enhance your smile.

What causes bad breath, and how can I prevent it?

Several factors can contribute to bad breath. The following are common causes of halitosis, or bad breath:

Poor dental hygiene

Certain foods, like onions and garlic

Untreated dental diseases like tooth decay and periodontal disease

Medical conditions such as dry mouth, diabetes, chronic sinus infections, and liver and kidney problems

Improving your oral hygiene routine, avoiding certain foods, and making certain that your smile is in good health can all help to improve your breath. If your bad breath is caused by a medical condition, we encourage you to see your general physician for the proper treatment.

For more information about dental care and how we can improve your oral health, we invite you to contact us today!

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A Positive Experience

We strive to build a foundation of trust by treating each patient as a special individual. We know that some patients may feel nervous about coming to the dentist, and we work hard to help every patient feel relaxed and comfortable at our office.

Our entire team is committed to providing the excellent, personalized care and services you deserve for an optimal dental experience.

Experts in Anxiety-Free Visits

Our team is here to take the fear out of visiting the dentist. To help you feel more comfortable and at ease, we explain every step of your treatment along the way, provide sedation dentistry, and offer our Signature Anxiety-Free Services like warm blankets and movies.

High Standards in Professional Dental Care

Every member of our team loves what they do, and it shows. Our degreed professionals are committed to treating your dental needs with the best possible patient care and customer service, and we focus on building personal relationships along the way as well. We hope our patients feel like our office is a family, where they are always greeted warmly and treated fairly.

Our high standards of excellence in dental care enable us to provide each patient with the quality services and treatments they deserve. We are pleased to provide comprehensive treatment planning, and we offer both restorative and cosmetic dentistry to help you reach optimal oral health. Should you suffer from a dental emergency, our friendly dentists and team are here to see and care for you as soon as possible.

Professional Dental Training & Expertise

As your dental healthcare professionals, we want you to feel confident in our team of highly trained and skilled clinicians. Our team is dedicated to providing the personalized care you need to keep your smile healthy. We are committed to continual education and learning so that we can continue to give you the highest possible level of service.

To stay up to date with the latest techniques, products, and equipment in dentistry, our dentists and team members regularly attend dental lectures, conventions, and meetings. We also hold memberships in several professional dental associations, which help us stay current with the latest recommendations and changes in the dental field.

Continual Education & Prevention

We are true believers in preventive care and education as the keys to optimal oral health. We strive to provide “dental health care” rather than “disease care,” which is why we focus on thorough exams. This includes checking the overall health of your teeth and gums, performing oral cancer exams, and taking X-rays when needed.

In addition, we know that routine cleanings, fluoride, sealants, and flossing are all helpful in preventing dental diseases. We are concerned not only about the appearance of your smile, but also about your total health and wellbeing. Reviewing your medical history on a regular basis helps us stay informed of your overall health, any new medications, and any health conditions that may affect your oral health.

Uncompromising Commitment to Safety

Infection control in our office is very important to us. To protect both our team and our patients, we strictly maintain sterilization and cross-contamination processes using the standards recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA), Center for Disease Control (CDC), and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

To discover more about what makes us different, we invite you to contact our dentists!

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So you want to know how to find the best dentists fast and easy, minus the hassle of having to pay an overcharged bill from your dentist?

I understand exactly how you feel! For the simple fact I had a very tough time finding a dentist that didn’t over bill me for their services.

But through all my misfortunes with dentists, I’ve discovered a secret formula for finding the best dentist with the most affordable prices. That’s right – say goodbye to overpriced dental bills forever!..

Luckily for you I’m going to share my secret with you. Because it allowed me to locate the best dentists that don’t cheat people like you and me out of our hard earned cash.

I found a great dentist that’s perfect for me, and so can you! Because I’m going to show you exactly how I did it… Step-by-Step

Warning: Before you randomly select a dentist out of the phone book or your local directory follow these simple steps first:

1.Do not go directly to your insurance provider to choose a dentist. It’s always best to get a personal reference first along with some simple research done by you personally, and then check on insurance availability.

Check This Out – nearly 90% of the time people go directly to their insurance providers to choose their dentist… Big Mistake!

2. Go to your computer instead and do a Google search for the dentist in your area.

3. Visit your local directory or yellow pages website.

4. Make a list of all the local dentist that provide the directories with their own website for you to visit.

Important Note: A website shows a positive sign that they are a real professional business establishment – Not just some hole in the wall dental business looking to rip you off every chance they get… So No Website, No List!

5. Downsize that same list of your local dentists by paying attention to these key factors about their website…

Key #1: Do they provide you with all of their contact info?  Email, Phone, Address, etc. – Make sure it’s valid!

Key #2: Does the website look user friendly or shady? The best professionals are straight forward and don’t try to hide things from you!

Key #3: Do you see any before and after pictures of some of the previous work they have done, or testimonials posted from other clients?

6. Now that you’ve narrowed your list of dentists, start calling them to see which ones offer you a free consultation.

7. Make appointments to all the ones that do, and get written price estimates from all of them on various types of work that you may want to have done – Very Important!

Examples: Teeth cleaning, cosmetic dentistry, braces, tooth whitening, etc.

8. Compare all the different price quotes that you got from those dentists. Now you have the financial leverage on them all.

Warning: Don’t choose your dentist just yet. We are only half way through the process! You must perform the other half of the process which is crucial to making the whole thing work like a charm.

Now that we’ve covered how not to get overcharged on our dental bill… It’s time to find the best dentist that’s perfect for you?

I don’t want to overwhelm you though with to much information all at one time.

So before we get into the second half of the secret formula, I want you to take in all the info that we’ve just discussed and put it to use now!

Don’t worry I’m not trying to hold out on you… I promise to give you the rest!

I just want to make sure that you to get the maximum rewards out of the process. And in order to do that you must go and master the first half now!

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Orthodontics 11/07/19 – gtg

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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

office .

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?

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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 him or 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.

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You’ll want to learn as much as you can about different orthodontist’s experiences, 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 it 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.

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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.

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Orthodontics 9/14/19 – gtg

Thumb or Finger Sucking For Non-nutrition Purposes:
What can you do and when should you begin? A article published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, states that “the ideal age for discontinuation of nonnutritive sucking habits may be around 24 months of age”. Sucking habits continued beyond the age of 24 months may result in increased risk of developing a (crossbite) narrowed top jaw and protrusive/bucked baby teeth. If a child’s habit persists beyond 48 months of age, “professional assistance in habit discontinuation may be warranted to minimize the risk of developing malocclusion”. Your child must actively participate in controlling their destiny. As a parent, try to avoid scolding your child about their habit. It is better to praise them when they are not sucking.
It is important to stop thumb or finger sucking habits as soon as possible after the age of 24 months.

Prolonged finger or pacifier habits can permanently alter the position of the teeth, jaws, roof of the mouth and tongue. The sucking of the cheeks inward around the finger, squeezes the upper jaw and makes the jaw abnormally narrow. The presence of the finger between the front teeth prevents the upper and lower front teeth from growing towards each other. The tongue often thrusts itself forward into the vertical space between the front teeth making this hole or open bite larger. Prolonged pacifier habits are associated with the development of posterior crossbites while prolonged finger habits are associated with bucked teeth. More children have trouble stopping finger sucking than pacifier sucking.

Intensity of the sucking is also a factor. Children who rest their thumbs passively in their mouths are less likely to have difficulty than those who vigorously suck their thumbs.

Here is an approach. Stop the night time sucking first because these long hours of sucking do the most damage; then work on daytime sucking.

Buy a LONG sleeve tee shirt that has a sleeve so long that it extends beyond the tips of your child’s fingers fully extended. Sew the cuff closed beyond the finger tips and have your child wear this long sleeve tee to bed as a pajama top. This method covers the fingers and is much more effective than mitts or gloves that are easier to take off.

For daytime sucking, place two strips of the 1/2 inch wide adhesive tape around the sucked finger on either side of the finger joint, creating tape donuts on either side of the joint. When your child puts their finger in their mouth, ask “How does it feel?”. Your child should tell you that the bulk of the tape donuts makes their finger feel very different. This tape reminder can be accentuated by painting the tape with foul tasting “Thum” medicine.

For TV time suckers, make a removable finger splint out of adhesive tape and two popsicle sticks. Place the splint on the TV and instruct your child to place the splint on their finger before they turn on the TV. They can remove the splint when they stop watching the TV.

Have your child make a chart. Your child will place a star on the chart if they did not suck their finger during the previous 24 hours. When a goal of 21 stars accumulate in a row, give your child a mutually agreed upon reward.

This program will replace the satisfaction of sucking with the child’s increased sense of accomplishment and self-esteem. Occasionally, a child who has stopped sucking may return to the habit. Just reinstitute the program and realize that this can happen with any long term habit.

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There are a lot of ways children can hurt their teeth. Besides cavities, teeth can be chipped during accidents. Our practice has experience treating patients with crowns and fillings for children. Our team would like to help your child or teenager restore their teeth and enjoy smiling again. Please contact our practice today to schedule a crowns and fillings for children appointment.

We can use crowns and fillings for children to repair teeth when necessary. If your child’s smile has been affected by decay, we’ll most likely be able to use these cosmetic services to return full form and functionality to teeth. It will depend on how deep the cavity or tooth fracture is to determine whether the Pediatric Dentistry team will utilize a dental crown or a simple filling.

Ask about crowns and fillings for children today!
Most children enjoy sugary snacks and occasionally we do find cavities. Fillings are the most common method of repairing cavities in our practice. When a cavity affects a tooth, we will need to drill away the damaged area and cleanse the area. We use a filling to then restore the structure of the tooth.

A dental crown covers a tooth and prevents it from breaking down further. It may be necessary to place a crown if a large part of the tooth has been affected by harmful dental decay, and the existing tooth is still years from the time it should fall out. Our Pediatric Dentistry often uses crowns to fix broken teeth.

Besides white fillings and traditional metal crowns, we have white crowns for your child as well. We recommend natural-colored crowns and fillings for children if the altered tooth is a permanent one, especially if the tooth will be visible to peers. We will provide metal-free crowns and fillings for children to prevent your child’s teeth from appearing patchy or mismatched.

We’re happy to use crowns and fillings for children to repair your loved one’s smile. If you would like to see a Pediatric Dentist during your child’s time of need, please call us today to schedule a visit.

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