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What are some major differences between kid’s and adult’s orthodontic treatment?

Why should you consider orthodontic treatment later in life?

Being fitted with braces as an adult is much different than choosing a type of treatment as a child. There are other factors to consider as an adult, as well as the overall state of the teeth, something that may need to be carefully reviewed if no type of support has been given before this point in time.

Between 1994 and 2004, the number of orthodontic patients ages 18 and older who have opted to undergo an oral change increased by 58 percent. Data from the American Association of Orthodontists indicates that this number now sits at about 1.1 million patients annually.

The three main considerations to keep in mind while deciding to undergo orthodontic treatment include:

  • Age-related conditions: If you have waited years to undergo any form of orthodontic treatment, there many be present issues in your mouth that require more attention than others. Adults often suffer from different issues than children, such as gingivitis, bone loss and even tooth loss. Realignment at times can be harder with these issues in mind, but it's important that they are known before treatment begins.
  • Complete expectations: What do you desire as the outcome of treatment? Having expectations in line with the capabilities of treatment is essential, as well as knowing what kind of treatment you want and overall willingness to comply with orthodontic instructions.
  • Types of treatment: Understand your options when it comes to treatment. There are many types of orthodontic wearables available including metal braces, iBraces and Invisalign. Base your choice on your lifestyle, desired treatment timeframe and overall costs.

To learn more, schedule a consultation today.

The benefits of iBraces

Your smile is an important part of your life.

Are you happy with the appearance of your smile? If you're not, you certainly aren't alone. According to a recent study conducted by the American Association of Orthodontists, more than 33 percent of people in the U.S. are less than satisfied with their pearly whites.

In addition, close to 14 percent of respondents also indicated that they believe their teeth are keeping them from getting a better job.

Your smile should never hold you back from living a happy, complete life. A smile is one of your most beautiful, unique features. There are many forms of treatment available that can make a difference, such as iBraces.

iBraces enable patients to make changes to their smile, without having to use forms of treatment that require visible brackets and arch wires. Instead, using this form of treatment, the brackets are placed on the inside of the teeth. Although your making a great life change, no one else has to know, unless you let them in on your little secret!

iBraces are completely customizable, the only 100 percent unique, fixed appliance system in the U.S. Each bracket is made using the top technological advancements available, designed to fit each tooth in the mouth. Although there may be a slight period of time necessary to get used to the treatment, patients will be able to continue normal eating and speech routines with ease.

There are many benefits associated with this type of treatment including fewer visits to your orthodontist, brackets comprised of gold and less damage to the teeth overall. As iBraces are placed on the inside of the teeth, the risk of front teeth being exposed to decalcified properties is greatly decreased.

Schedule a consultation today to learn more.

How much do adults really know about their child’s oral health?

What is the current state of your family's oral health?

According to a recent study conducted by the Children's Health Dental Project (CDHP), there are significant gaps in adult's knowledge of children's oral health. Although oral care may seem like a simple idea to understand, many are left in the dark in terms of easy fixes such as brushing daily and signs of tooth decay. 

Tooth decay is the most chronic health condition of childhood, with two in five U.S. adults under the belief that nothing can be done. This issue is especially prevalent in low-income families. To remedy this situation, many believe that knowledge is key.

The study also found that:

  • Bacteria that causes tooth decay can be transmitted from parent to child
  • Sugar in natural juices can contribute to oral health issues
  • Parents should begin brushing their children's teeth as soon as they appear in the mouth 

"We need to remind families that they have more control than they realize, and prevention starts long before children enter school. We all need to give families the knowledge and tools that support the habits that will put children on a lifelong path of oral health," said CDHP executive director Meg Booth.

In addition to better knowledge of dental checkups and health, orthodontic health is also essential, especially at a younger age. Although each child has a unique mouth, some of the issues they face may be similar. Some of the most common oral health issues include:

  • Baby teeth that emerge later than usual
  • Baby teeth that were lost unusually early
  • Breathing with the mouth open
  • Chewing or biting with difficulty
  • Crowding or blocked teeth
  • Jaw shifting or unnatural noises when chewing
  • Teeth that don't meet or are located in the wrong spot

If your child has any of these issues, or you do, there is help. Schedule a consultation today to learn more. 

How does Invisalign compare to traditional braces?

Your teeth are an important part of overall health.

Getting fitted with braces as an adult can be a daunting change, especially for those that have never had any kind of treatment before. Although braces can be a major lifestyle change, there are many different forms to choose from. Many adults face the thought of choosing between traditional treatment and invisible forms.

If you are having a tough time picking between either, focus on some of the highlights below. There are many benefits associated with Invisalign.

Both forms of treatment are capable of decreasing certain issues such as crowding, spacing, crossbite or overbite. In addition, both forms of braces have the ability to completely straighten the teeth. This, though, is where the similarities end.

Traditional forms of treatment, such as metal braces, often take more consideration when it comes to lunch and dinner choices. As invisalign can be removed at any time, and must be to eat, wearers can eat all of their favorite foods without worry. Metal braces cannot be removed for eating.

For some traditional brace wearers, metal parts or arch wires can get in the way of traditional brushing and flossing. Invisalign trays are easily removable, enabling wearers to brush and floss all corners and crevices of the mouth with ease.

In addition, Invisalign is often considered more comfortable than metal braces, as the aligners consist of smooth, easy wearable plastic. Metal braces can become uncomfortable at times, especially during the first few weeks of being fitted.

Finally, Invisalign often requires less visits to your orthodontist, as metal braces must be tightened more often.

To learn more about Invisalign or metal braces, consider scheduling a consultation with Dr. Tanya Vaysman today.

What is gum disease?

Cleaning your teeth properly is an part of health for all ages.

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, occurs when bacteria builds up on the teeth causing health issues for those who suffer from it.

Although many may think periodontal disease is just one specific issue, in reality, it is a combination of major problems. These include Gingivitis and Periodontitis. These issues are often thought of as dental issues, but in some instances, they can be caused by known orthodontic issues.

When a person suffers from crowding of the teeth, impacted rows or too much space between the teeth, the gums can be affected. When this occurs, serious diseases such as gingivitis and bleeding of the gums may become more frequent.

By keeping teeth straight, in their proper position and in an overall healthier state, optimal oral health can be achieved.

What are some of the other benefits of straight teeth?

  • Better cleaning: When the teeth meet each other in an improper manner, such as through an overbite or underbite, it may be more difficult to clean them completely. This can lead to plaque build up, as well as staining of the teeth, especially if braces are already being worn.
  • Clearer speaking capabilities: For some people, crooked or improper teeth spacing can lead to the development of a lisp or other speech impediment. By straightening the teeth, this issue is often corrected, causing people to both talk and smile more often.
  • Enhanced chewing: Food must be chewed and swallowed properly for the best digestion possible. If the teeth are not able to properly bite into food, it may become harder to digest meals.

Overall oral health is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Visit our website to learn more, or schedule an appointment today.