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.

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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.

Different Types of Dentists

29763966-young-specialist-dentist-at-his-workplace-is-ready-to-receive-the-first-patientWe all know that it is important to see the dentist.  Most of us probably have a family dentist.  But did you know that there are actually other types of dentists? There are a wide number of oral health and dental treatment areas that dentists specialize in.  Here is a list of the different types of dentists you may need to visit.

General Dentists – General dentists help their patients by preventing dental problems through regular checkups and oral health education. They are the first line for any problems and the dentist that you should see twice a year.

Orthodontist – An orthodontist specializes in the growth and alignment of the teeth and jaw. People see an orthodontist to get braces or plates that will help with crowded or missing teeth.  Or if they have a bite problem, such as an over bite or cross bite.

Pediatric Dentist – This is a general dentist that specializes in the prevention and treatment of children. They have a knowledge of syndromes and disorders which can affect oral health in children.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons – These surgeons were trained as dentists but specialize in conditions that require surgery, such as wisdom teeth removal, defects or injuries to the mouth or jaw.  They work to restore and correct.

Periodontist – A periodontist specializes in the gums and tissues that surround and support the teeth.  They are experts in gum disease and other problems with the gums.

Endodontist – This type of dentist studies the structures inside the tooth, the pulp. They specialize in root canal treatments, which are performed in an attempt to save the tooth with infected pulp.

Prosthodontist – A prosthodontist replaces missing or damaged teeth with implants. They specialize in aesthetic, restorative and reconstructive dentistry.

Cosmetic Dentists – They focus on treatments that help people improve the aesthetic features for their smile. They can help with teeth whitening, broken or chipped teeth, as well as implants and replacing teeth that are missing

Holistic Dentists – A holistic dentist takes your whole health into account when preventing, diagnosing and treating dental problems.  They often use homeopathic treatments and prefer to use natural solutions.

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Common Issues With Braces

Getting braces is a part of many children’s lives these days.  Treatment will usually go on without a hitch, but there can be a few minor issues with brace19372667-dental-care-for-a-kid-close-ups along the way. Below are a few things that you may encounter if you or your child has braces.

A loose bracket – Brackets are the small pieces that are bonded to the teeth to hold the wires used for adjusting the teeth and jaw. Sometimes you may notice a bracket coming loose while eating or brushing your teeth. If the bracket is still attached to the wire, you can just leave it in place until you see the orthodontist.  If it comes out of the mouth, place it in a small bag and bring it to the next appointment.

Poking wire – There are many different reasons that a wire may be poking.  It could be poking your cheek or even your tongue.  If you or your child has a wire that is poking you can try placing wax over the end.  If this doesn’t help, it is ok to call your orthodontist to have the wire adjusted or cut.

Pain – Everybody is different when it comes to pain associated with braces. This is because the braces are moving the teeth.  Over the counter pain relievers are effective for the pain and inflammation. If the braces are irritating the gums or cheeks, a warm salt water rinse can relive discomfort as well as the wax.

While problems like these can be a nuisance, thankfully they are easy to fix and the end result of braces– a beautiful smile – make it all worth it.

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