Braces aren’t just for kids anymore. Thanks to advancements in orthodontic treatments and a trend toward health and wellness, more and more adults are opting in for this common and effective treatment for crooked teeth and misaligned bites.
Patients don’t typically come to us because they have concerns with a deep bite, also known as an overbite. It may or may not bother patients, but that doesn’t mean a deep bite doesn’t present dental issues.
A deep bite is the most common malocclusion, or bad bite. It occurs when the top teeth excessively overlap the bottom front teeth while the back teeth are closed. It can be caused by a large top jaw, small lower jaw, or missing lower teeth. The good news is that it can be easily corrected with one of many orthodontic and restorative treatments.
As orthodontists, we are mainly concerned with tooth irregularities and bite. Many parents mistakenly think that they should wait until all of their child’s permanent teeth are in to see an orthodontist for the first time. However, waiting too long to see an orthodontist for the first time can be harmful to a child’s oral health development.
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?
If you, your child, or another family member have just been fitted with fixed braces, you may still be getting used to feeling the metal brackets and wires. You will want to take care of them, and the foods you eat and drink are an important part of that care. Read on for some important tips.
When most people hear the word braces, they picture kids and teens with mouths full of metal wanting to achieve a pretty smile. But braces aren’t just for beautiful smiles. There are other benefits to having straight teeth and aligned jaws, including the ability to sleep better. Poor oral health can lead to poor sleep, and sleep is one thing we can’t do without and stay healthy.
If you are like most adults, you might rate appearance as an important factor in self-esteem, job success, and satisfaction with life in general. Improving your teeth can dramatically change your appearance and is less invasive than plastic surgery to modify facial features. More and more adults are turning to braces as the way to change their appearance. Over 1.4 million adults sought orthodontic treatment in the U.S. and Canada in 2014, up from 1 million in 2012. Read on to find out why more adults are choosing braces as a treatment option.
Getting your braces off is a big day! You can show off your smile proudly, and you can finally eat what you want — within reason of course. But getting your orthodontics removed is just a step in the journey to a healthy, beautiful smile.
Retainers are worn as the final step in your treatment to prevent your teeth from shifting again after your braces are removed. Let’s look at what retainers do and learn some ways to take proper care of them.
Today, with YouTube and the ability to order just about anything online, it’s no surprise that there are “do-it-yourself” options available that appear to offer quick and easy fixes for straightening your teeth. Seems simple enough. What could go wrong, right? Read on to find out what dangers there may be in using at-home and…