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What occurs during an initial orthodontic consultation?

Don't hide your smile because of your crooked teeth anymore.

Making a major health change as an adult can be daunting at times, but is often best for overall wellness, especially during the later stages of life. One of these changes often relates to the state of the teeth and oral health.

If you have never been to an orthodontist or have recently suffered from pain in the mouth, there may be larger issues at hand. By scheduling an orthodontic appointment with Dr. Tanya Vaysman, the issue can be remedied in the best manner possible.

During your first visit at UESO, an initial exam will be conducted in order to complete a preliminary diagnosis. Some of the major aspects of your visit will include whether or not treatment is necessary, when this treatment should be administered or what kind may be best for your specific problems.

If a patient requires orthodontic treatment but doesn't receive it, serious issues can develop in the mouth including a cross bite, crowding of the teeth and even gum diseases. If it is determined that you do require some form of orthodontic treatment, there are many forms available that best suit both health and lifestyle needs.

Some of the most common forms of treatment include metal braces, Invisalign, ceramic braces and iBraces. During this time, diagnostic records will also be taken. By doing so, we will have a better understanding of your condition and how it should be treated, as well as the ability to track progress over time. These records include two radiographs, photographs of the teeth and face, as well as an impression of the teeth. Gathering the information for these records takes about 30 minutes.

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Why should you be fitted with braces?

As an adult, your smile is just as important as your child's or peer's.

Being fitted with braces as an adult may be perceived as a major life change, but it doesn't have to be as uprooting as some may think. Today, more than one-million Americans wear some form of orthodontic treatment. If you're on the fence about getting treatment, consider the following four benefits.

Your smile is important, and as such, should be displayed without caution or covered hands. Often, your smile is the first aspect of your appearance others notice. You should always feel comfortable showing off your teeth, and with the right treatment to correct any noticeable issues, this can be achieved.

Health developments are often thoughts of as only occurring during childhood and adolescence. Although this may be true for some, not everyone is the same. Many adults may not realize so, but the teeth can shift at any time due to natural aging, a health condition or a serious injury. Even if you may have had braces in the past, being fitted again now could make a real difference.

Research has proven time and time again that uneven or crooked teeth can create serious issues in the mouth, especially if left uncorrected. Living with misalignment of the teeth or crooked rows can lead to plaque buildup, which eventually leads to periodontal disease if not treated.

Finally, consider the years you have left of life. With the latest medical and technological advancements, people are living longer, happier lives. Your smile should never hold you back from happiness or a healthy lifestyle. The American Association of Orthodontists has found that more people in their 60s to 80s are being fitted with braces as time goes on.

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Is getting adult braces really worth it?

Why are your teeth such an important part of overall health?

If you find yourself asking, "Is it really worth it to be fitted with braces now?" you've come to the right place for answers. Being fitted with braces as an adult can be scary, especially if you're worried about oral health and what others will think.

Why are the teeth so important? Proper chewing, eating and meeting of the teeth are essential, as they can affect other body systems such as the digestive and circulatory. They also have the ability to reveal a lot about a person, even without speaking to them. The teeth are one of the most common physical ways through which others can tell a person's age, physical health, and at times even socioeconomic class. 

Recent research has proven that the appearance of the teeth can have a direct affect on the physical attraction others may have of you. A study published in the Open Journal of Stomatology examined the role teeth play in physical attraction. The study found that those with a better, straighter smile were five times as lucky to be contacted for a date than their counterparts. 

The teeth are more than just a physical sign of health though. By not taking care of you pearly whites, real issues can develop such as improper cleaning habits, gum and bone erosion, facial pain and issues speaking or eating. 

If you're suffering from oral health issues, consider making a change today. There are many different forms of braces to choose from such as Invisalign or iBraces, as well as non-wearable help like AcceleDent. 

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3 tips to take from the oral healthcare of your child

How can you enhance your oral health and your child's?

Taking care of your child's oral health is vital, as it often lays the groundwork for preventing issues that may develop later in life. With this in mind, it's important to consider your own orthodontic health as well.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, nearly 50 percent of adults ages 30 and older suffer from periodontal disease. This number only increases with age, as about 70 percent of adults 65 and older have the disease. 

"Periodontal disease is called the silent disease because you might not even know that you have it," said Dr. David Genet, a periodontist with a practice in Aventura in a recent Miami Herald article. "You might not get symptoms initially. By the time that you do, often the periodontal disease has gotten to a very severe form, which makes it hard to treat."

Keep your oral healthcare in mind with the following three tips:

  • Be aware of drinks and snacks throughout the day: If you watch what your child eats and drinks like a hawk, you may want to pick up some of those same senses for yourself as well. Eating and drinking foods and liquids with high levels of sugar can take a toll over time. 
  • Brush better: Start a nightly routine with your child for better brushing techniques and flossing. By brushing properly twice a day, issues is the mouth can be discovered, as well as  completing a necessary deep clean.
  • Schedule an orthodontic appointment: If you have never been to an orthodontist, or haven't been since you were a kid, now is the perfect time to make a change. By scheduling an appointment, you will be able to address any known and unknown issues in the mouth such as crowding, an overbite or improper jaw alignment.

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AAFP supports new oral health care initiative

How can you enhance oral health in your home?

According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, a new comprehensive health care system is beginning to emerge, one that focuses on all aspects of health for a range of ages. This new plan combines primary care with oral health and understanding.

By not addressing many of the apparent oral problems that can be easily treated, serious issues can and will develop over time.

"Oral disease is largely preventable and can complicate the management of other chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease," said Qualis Health President and CEO Jonathan Sugarman, M.D., M.P.H., in a news release. "Engaging primary care teams in oral health is a critical strategy for reducing the impact of oral diseases and improving population health."

In addition to poor diabetic control, other issues that can be associated with periodontal disease include heart disease, stroke, obesity and adverse pregnancy outcomes.

How can families begin paths toward better oral health now? Keep the following three tips in mind for changes that can begin tonight:

  • Brush and floss daily: Both you and your children should be able to distinguish between normal occurrences in the mouth and issues that may pop up from time to time. By brushing and flossing daily, any changes that appear can be tracked and taken care of right away. 
  • Early treatment initiatives: Be sure to take your children to see an orthodontist by the age of 7. In doing this, any issues can be addressed in a timely manner or put to rest as not a real problem.
  • Pay attention to morning and night routines: Create an easy routine to mimic daily, such as brushing together in the morning and to a song at night. When an element of fun is added, oral health can often be achieved in a better manner.

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