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.
Our patients are always so excited as they near the end of their orthodontic treatment. There is so much to look forward to depending on the type of braces they’ve had. Whether it’s their brand new smile, being able to floss easier or not having to think about removing their clear aligners before they eat, there is much to celebrate. Yet, we like to prepare our patients ahead of time to let them know their treatment may not be completely done even though the braces are off. Read more to find out the next step in orthodontic treatment.
We are excited to announce that as of May 29th, we are open! We know things may not be normal just yet, but we plan to make your visit smooth, easy and fun!
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.
Orthodontic appliances such as braces and retainers can help straighten teeth and improve misaligned bites. In some cases, however, we recommend jaw surgery, also known as orthognathic surgery, to help dramatically improve skeletal and dental abnormalities and improve the way your jaw functions. The corrections made can also improve your facial appearance.
If you love having healthy and beautiful teeth as much as we do, you’ll be happy to know that February is Children’s Dental Health Month. At The Best Braces, we work hard to provide people of all ages with orthodontic care that will improve both the look and function of their teeth. Good dental health begins at an early age, and if you have children at home or care for children, we have some fun tips on how to teach them the importance of taking care of their dental health, (and we think adults can always use a refresher on the subject, too!).
Clear aligners are an effective solution for straightening crooked and crowded teeth. The most obvious reason people choose this type of treatment is that they are not noticeable, unlike traditional metal braces. Regardless of appearance, there is an adjustment period when you first start wearing aligners. We want to make you aware of common experiences that patients have when they first start wearing aligners.