Correcting An Overbite

overbiteAn overbite is a misalignment of the teeth and jaw that can cause problems with chewing and can also place excess stress on the jaw and joints. If an overbite is not corrected it can cause tooth enamel to wear down and may cause injury to the teeth and gums.

Most overbites are corrected using orthodontic braces. They are clear or metal brackets that are glued to the teeth.  Wires and bands connect the brackets and they are bent or tightened to move the teeth. Invisalign is another option which uses clear trays that fit over the teeth.  For some patients, there are other appliances that may promote growth of the lower jaw or reposition it to resolve the overbite.

If the overbite is severe enough surgery may be the only method for correction. This will allow the jaw bones to an ideal facial balance and correct your bite. The dentist, oral surgeon and orthodontist will coordinate treatment to help you achieve the best results.

An overbite is considered to be corrected when the upper and lower teeth fit correctly together and biting forces are evenly distributed over all of the teeth. Your teeth, gums and bones will function correctly and you will enjoy a better smile.

Correcting Your Overbite|Your Dental Health Resource

Options For Adult Braces

adult bracesWe recently featured an article about adult braces on this blog.  In a recent article from Everyday Health, they give ideas on options for adults who want braces.   Many adults with crooked teeth may have missed their opportunity for braces during childhood. Braces for adults are more popular then ever before. Adult braces can correct crooked teeth, overcrowded teeth, bite abnormalities, and jaw problems.

Options For Adult Braces

  • Conventional metal braces
  • “Clear” ceramic braces
  • Lingual braces
  • Clear acrylic aligners

Read in detail about the different types of adult braces in the full article here: Getting Dental Braces as an Adult – Dental Health Center –

Adult Braces

adult bracesMany people grew up with misaligned teeth and weren’t able to fix them because their families couldn’t afford braces.  Some may have even had braces as a child, but their teeth didn’t stay straight, and are now crooked again. Many adults think that braces are just for teenagers, but most orthodontists provide adult braces nowadays.

Some people are hesitant to wear adult braces, but age really shouldn’t be a concern. Nowadays between 25 to 50 percent of patients wearing braces are adults. Modern braces are much less cumbersome than they used to be and there are even types of braces that are barely noticeable to others.

Adult braces can correct more than just cosmetic problems. One of the most important things for braces to fix is the bite.  Having the correct bite can remedy issues you may have with jaw pain and headaches as well. Improperly aligned teeth can result in other issues like problems with breathing, speaking and even getting your teeth clean.  So there are many reasons why adults can and should get braces.  If you think you need braces, don’t hesitate to talk to your dentist as soon as possible.

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What Is The Ideal Age For Dental Braces?

What Are Dental Braces?

dental bracesMisaligned teeth are a common occurrence these days among children. A variety of removable and fixed appliances are being used nowadays to move the teeth back into their position. One of the best and time tested methods for tooth alignment is dental braces, or more scientifically called as the orthodontic brackets. These dental braces are bonded to the teeth using an adhesive material and incorporate wires into them that apply necessary forces for tooth alignment.

What Is The Ideal Age For Getting Braces?

The ideal age for the child to consider braces is when all or almost all the baby teeth have been lost or extracted. Since straightening of temporary teeth would provide no benefit, dentists usually wait till the child has grown all the permanent teeth so as to provide a lasting and permanent dental treatment. Generally, children in their early or mid-teens have grown all their permanent teeth (except the third molars), and are considered as ideal candidate for an orthodontic treatment. Research has shown that at this age, the teeth and surrounding structures are not firmly attached to the jaw bone and can be easily moved and re-aligned. Dentists and orthodontists prefer not to delay treatment beyond this age if necessary. After 18 years, it becomes quite difficult to perform an orthodontic treatment. However, current research and technologies have enabled dentists to correct cases of malocclusion even at the age of 25 years.

What Is Orthodontic Treatment?

An orthodontist is a specialized dentist trained in fixing tooth alignment and facial deformities. Actually, orthodontic treatment may demand a team consisting of a dentist, a physician and an orthodontist. Together, they plan and implement a treatment plan that is best for the child. The process starts by obtaining the dental records, including a past dental history, models of teeth and x-rays. This is done to determine the underlying cause and possible solution of the malocclusion. The severity of malocclusion determines the need to attach braces on upper or lower teeth, or in severe cases, both. The force required for tooth movement can be adjusted by modifying the type and diameter of the orthodontic wire.

What Are The Precautions During The Treatment?

After the installation of braces, the dental team provides the children and their parents with specific instructions that must be adhered to, in order to ensure a smooth and trouble free orthodontic treatment. Children with braces should avoid biting very hard foods, sticky candies and fizzy drinks.

What Is The Duration Of An Orthodontic Treatment?

Dentists usually provide a fixed time table for the orthodontic treatment. However, it can depend upon various factors such as the severity of problem, the expertise of the dentist, and the cooperation of the child during treatment. In fact, the most important factor is child cooperation. A treatment can get excessively prolonged if the child keeps detaching the braces, or does not follow the dentist’s instructions. Generally 2 years are sufficient for correction of even the most difficult cases.

Eating And Drinking With Invisalign ®

invisalignInvisalign is a comfortable alternative to metal braces as a way to straighten teeth. With the use of Invisalign, you can enjoy all your favorite foods and drinks with worrying about getting food stuck in wires or popping of brackets of traditional braces.

There are some things you should know about eating and drinking with Invisalign. Even though the aligner is durable and strong, you should always remove it before eating.  The chewing action can crack or distort the aligner.  Even the smallest damage to the tray can prevent it from aligning your teeth properly.  Plus, eating with Invisalign can be rather messy.

You should also remove the tray when drinking as well. Repeated exposure to hot liquids can cause the aligner to distort. Fluids can settle inside the aligner bathing your teeth in sugary or acidic fluids.

To prevent discoloration of teeth or tooth decay, brush your teeth after eating and drinking before replacing your aligner. Before inserting Invisalign, rinse the tray in lukewarm water or use the cleaning kit.

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