Orthodontics Questions & Answers (Part 1)

27 August, 2014 (13:50) | Q&A | By: B. Slade


I’ve had braces before, about 14 years ago, but my teeth have started to overlap and are getting worse as time goes by. My dentist said I need to get one of my wisdom teeth taken out but I really want to get braces again. Should I have my wisdom tooth removed first or can I have that done later?
Without the benefit of examining you, I cannot tell you what sequence of treatment you should follow. It may very well be that your wisdom teeth are forcing your other teeth together. Here is something else to think about –A lot of adults that do not want to undergo braces have opted for veneers, which give the appearance of perfectly straight teeth and what some call, “instant orthodontics.” This is just one option that you may want to discuss with an accredited cosmetic dentist to see if it is a viable alternative for you. If you have unanswered questions, ask your current dentist or seek a second opinion from a qualified dentist that can examine you.
I was wondering, because I have an over bite and then my teeth are crooked, that would I be able to get this fixed with cosmetic dentistry or do I need to get braces?
Thanks for your question. The condition you have described with your overbite is usually correctable. Without the benefit of seeing you, I cannot tell you which treatment options would be best for you. Situations similar to yours are corrected all the time either through restorative dentistry, orthodontics, or a combination of both. We often correct these deep overbites with what we call an “open bite” treatment plan. This consists of reducing your overbite by placing porcelain veneers and onlys on your teeth. I hope this helps and good luck in getting a better smile!
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Smile Makeover: The Ultimate in Cosmetic Dentistry (Part 2)

20 August, 2014 (13:18) | Smile Makeover | By: B. Slade


Smile Makeover: What’s Involved?

A Smile Makeover involves consideration of your facial appearance, skin tone, hair color, teeth, gum tissue, and lips to develop a customized smile. The resulting improvements are as follows:

  • Optimal Tooth Color: Silver or amalgam dental fillings can be replaced with natural, tooth-colored composite restorations and teeth whitening can improve the color of stained teeth. Tooth color and shading are important considerations during the evaluation of and preparation for various procedures, including porcelain veneers and dental implants.
  • Aligned for Success: Crooked, overlapping, or gapping teeth can be straightened when necessary through orthodontics and improved with veneers.

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Dentures and Implants: Solutions to Missing Teeth

26 June, 2013 (18:48) | Smile Makeover | By: Hannah

denturesCelebrating your teeth’s imperfections might be acceptable these days with famous people who have gap teeth foregoing braces to correct them, but even the most confident person would probably be feel self conscious about having no teeth at all.

Dentures, the age-old solution to missing teeth, are still the go-to fix for such problems. Whether you need a full set of dentures or a partial one will all depend on how much teeth you have pulled out. And if having your dentures pop out at the most embarrassing time is your reservation, all you need are denture fixatives or adhesives to avoid this issue.

For those with just one or two teeth missing, a dental implant might be a feasible alternative to dentures, but those that have a lot of missing teeth will find getting dental implants too difficult and costly.

Of course, you always have the option of going toothless, but be prepared to look like an old woman thanks to your sunken cheeks.

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Avoiding Dry Socket with Stitches

24 May, 2013 (09:04) | Safety and Care | By: Hannah

Stitches are not required after tooth extraction and is not given even after wisdom tooth extraction in many cases. While stitches are not strictly necessary after wisdom tooth extraction, it might be wiser to ask your dentist to stitch up the gaping hole left behind by the the tooth that was removed. The reason for this is that it lessens your risk for dry socket.

After tooth extraction, a blood clot naturals seals the hole protecting the exposed bone and nerves under the wound. However, in some cases the clot dissolves or is dislodged, exposing the bone and nerves to food debris and air. The problem is aggravated when the area gets infected, causing the excruciating pain associated with dry socket. By stitching up the hole, there’s less chance of the blood clot getting dislodged or having food debris enter the hole. So while you might not like the idea of having to deal with the discomfort of having stitches in your mouth, it can save you a great deal of pain in the future. Besides, the beauty of stitches these days is that there are stitches that dissolve on its own.

Whether you get stitches or not, just make sure that you follow the guidelines for proper oral care after your tooth extraction to avoid any kind of infection.

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Causes and Treatments of Cavities

3 May, 2013 (09:02) | General Info | By: Hannah

Cavities are primarily caused by the occurrence of tooth decay. Tooth decay, on the other hand, is a result of numerous factors which in most cases arise at its worst due to one’s food intake. People are unaware that food is actually the main source of decay which in most cases is obtained from food which contains carbohydrates such as bread, cereals, sodas, candies, sweets, and fruits. These contain carbohydrates which breakdown into two components namely sugars and starches. Decay occurs at the very instant that food is left inside the mouth allowing bacteria to take over its digestion which usually result to the formation of acids. This decay, in time, will result to cavities which at present are cured through the most commonly done filling procedure which involves drilling the decayed part of the tooth which is then replaced with a temporary filling that is usually made of gold and porcelain.

Daily Maintenance of Teeth

3 May, 2013 (09:01) | General Info | By: Hannah

Maintaining one’s teeth highly depends on how these are dealt with in a daily basis. Indeed, regular cleanings are encouraged and some people are willing to even spend just to make their teeth beautiful but it is a fact that how a person takes care of one’s teeth daily is much more important. Flossing and brushing are the simplest but most important ways that people should always do in a regular basis. Flossing is important and must be done every after eating to remove debris present between the teeth and gums and is a procedure done before even brushing. On the other hand, brushing one’s teeth is believed to be the most effective way of ensuring that one’s teeth are clean. This should actually be done at least twice a day for two minutes. Our teeth are essential to us; we might as well give extra effort in taking care of them.

Uses of Teeth

3 May, 2013 (09:00) | General Info | By: Hannah

In a person’s everyday life, one finds the essence of his or her teeth through its usage from the simplest which is eating, to chewing, to biting. People are sometimes unaware that these uses are as well classified into categories. There are two classifications namely the Natural use and the other which is not natural. Natural use pertains to the basic which is eating. On the other hand, the rest are the ones that go beyond eating. People spend so much money on maintaining one’s teeth basically because everyone finds the importance of its usage and no matter how these uses vary in classification; it will still be the case that people should understand the limitations that go with its usage. The simple forms of abusing one’s teeth through over-biting and not watching one’s food intake may lead to damage. One must always take these into consideration.

The Orthodontic Braces

3 May, 2013 (08:58) | Braces | By: Hannah

The Orthodontic Braces or Braces is a common procedure that one chooses to undergo for the purpose of aligning or straightening one’s teeth. In a more specific sense, this is done to basically complement a person’s teeth to his or her bite and eventually improve one’s dental health. Nonetheless, this procedure actually varies depending on the case of the patient, and there are as well different types of braces used. Clear braces are seldom done since it is very costly. This type of braces appears to be “invisible” but still working for its purpose. Another is the Gold-plated stainless steel braces which are used for people who are allergic to Nickel. Lastly, silver-colored braces are the most commonly used type. The varying types of braces used simply show that every patient still has a choice on which to use but sometimes these types correspond to a person’s case and need of the braces.

Celebrating Your Teeth’s Imperfections

24 April, 2013 (01:32) | Self Improvement | By: Hannah

madonna smileThe last thing you’d probably expect to hear from an orthodontist is to celebrate your teeth’s imperfections, and yet a good one with your best interest at heart might just advise you that.

Although braces and retainers can be used to get perfectly aligned teeth, getting one is not essential in many cases. A good orthodontist should give you a realistic assessment of your teeth’s condition and factor in the cost and your finances when advising you whether to continue with the treatments or not. After all, getting braces and its maintenance is no small matter.

In case your teeth’s “problems” are not that severe, you dentists may even advise you to just leave them alone and get other much needed treatments like cleanings and fillings. If Madonna can rock gap teeth, why can’t you? Sometimes it’s all about embracing your imperfections and turning them into your own unique mark of beauty.

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Digital X-Ray

27 March, 2013 (11:03) | General Info | By: Hannah

digital dental x-rayDentists rely on x-rays of our teeth all the time to make the right decisions for your dental care. They usually take x-rays to determine whether a tooth is still salvageable or you need root canal or extraction. They also take x-rays when taking out impacted teeth and/or wisdom teeth. Aside from teeth impressions, orthodontists may also take x-rays of your teeth before making your braces and before putting in dental implants.

While dental x-rays have been around for a long time, digital x-rays are a relatively new technology. They are more convenient to use, can be processed faster (instantaneous!), more environmental-friendly (goodbye to disposable plates), and cheaper in the long run. While it may not seem to matter much to patients, this technology is important because it allows our dentists to work more efficiently, which is something anyone who’s had to go through a lengthy dental procedure can definitely appreciate. Better more beautiful smile with less hassle, that’s what digital x-rays are about.

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