Patients often ask us why we have molars when so often they get removed. Great question! The third molars, also known as “Wisdom Teeth” are the last set of teeth to grow. We don’t really need a third set of teeth anymore, so they usually just cause issues. They are an evolutionary remnant that helps us better understand our history in this world. Read on to find out more.
Have you ever wondered how brackets and wire work together to move teeth into a different position? While there may be some discomfort here and there, you don’t feel your teeth moving, so how does it work? The way braces move teeth is that they exert a constant pressure on them for an extended period of time. The jaw also conforms to this pressure to create a more aligned bite.
Braces typically hold up well to normal daily activities such as eating and tooth-brushing. To keep your braces functioning well, we recommend avoiding hard foods, sticky candy, and ripping packages open with your teeth. There are other instances, too, when there may be an issue with the braces for which we ask that you call us so we can fix the problem. Read more to find out when to call us.
Do you often feel pain in your jaw or face? Do you have soreness in or around your ear? Is chewing sometimes painful? These are all symptoms caused by the clenching or grinding of teeth, a condition known as bruxism. While it can be triggered by stress or anxiety, bruxism can also be a sign of a bite or tooth misalignment. Orthodontics can help with this uncomfortable but common problem.
The immediate benefits of orthodontic treatment are quite noticeable. Patients come into our office with crooked and crowded teeth; upper teeth that stick out; and bites that need to be corrected, such as overbites, underbites, and crossbites. After treatment, they walk out with straighter, better aligned teeth that, when followed up with retainer use, can last a lifetime. It’s not just the appearance of teeth that are improved by orthodontic treatment, though. There are other benefits that may not be as noticeable, but are just as important to maintaining a healthy and beautiful smile.
While it’s important to visit us for your regular orthodontic treatments, you should also be keeping up with routine dental cleanings and exams, as well. Your dentist will be able to clean your teeth and check for any dental problems, even around your braces.
“Why do I have to get my braces tightened?” is a question we commonly hear from our patients. While it may feel like your braces are tightening around your teeth, we are actually adjusting the wire. It’s important to keep up with these routine adjustments for a number of reasons, including monitoring your teeth to ensure they’re moving into their desired position, and making sure the braces are functioning correctly. Read on to learn more about the importance of keeping up with regular visits.
Are you worried about playing sports now that you have braces? Well, don’t worry — there’s no need to sit out a season of football, softball, hockey or any other sport. Our team here at The Best Braces of Southfield, MI does, however, recommend you take special precautions to avoid damaging your teeth and braces.
A smile is about more than your teeth. Did you know that the perfect smile depends on actual measurable factors based on science and math? Everything from the shape of the face, size of the mouth, position of the teeth, definition of the cheek bones, color and amount of gum that shows, and more, goes into what makes a smile appealing. Read on for some interesting facts about the link between our face and our smile.
Technology in braces has progressed over the years in a positive way, and today there are several options available. The type of braces we choose in your treatment always revolves around your needs and wishes and the ability of the particular braces to deliver the desired results. What are the different options we offer?