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Find out how orthodontic treatment can actually improve the health of your teeth.
While we certainly all know that braces are designed to help move teeth into better alignment to create a straighter, more attractive smile, did you know that braces could actually improve the health of your teeth? That’s right! Getting orthodontic treatment from our Catonsville, MD dentist, Dr. M.S. Warshanna, might actually reduce your risk of decay or gum disease. Here’s how:
What is the purpose of braces?
As you may already know, braces are designed to move teeth into their proper alignment. While this is often done with metal brackets and wires, our Catonsville general dentist offers other ways to get a straighter smile without the traditional metal braces. Of course, whichever type of braces you choose the purpose is to improve the look of your smile. But did you know that braces also improve your oral health, as well?
That’s right! Here are some of the ways that getting braces could actually make your smile healthier:
Reduce Your Chances of Decay
If teeth are overlapping or if your bite is uneven it leaves more areas for decay and plaque to lurk. Teeth that are crooked are often harder to brush and floss properly, which means that you are more likely to miss spots. Of course, a straight smile is much easier to clean, which means that you are less likely to develop cavities or gum disease (if, of course, you do your part to keep your smile healthy).
Improve TMJ Disorders
A lot of people suffer from a TMJ disorder, which can lead to jaw pain and discomfort. This condition can also lead to an unpleasant popping sound whenever you open or close your mouth. Fortunately, getting braces can often fix this issue by repositioning the jaws into the right place. This means you could say goodbye to your jaw pain.
Reduce Tooth Wear and Tear
If teeth are crooked, overlapping or misaligned this means that the jaws are putting more pressure on some teeth over others. What happens is that the enamel from these teeth starts to wear away, which can lead to cracks, chips or fractures. To prevent these issues from happening, braces can help correct malocclusions (also known as “bad bites”) to make sure that pressure is applied evenly to all teeth while chewing or biting.
If you are interested in getting braces then it’s time you called Angel Dental Care in Catonsville, MD to find out which orthodontic treatment would work best for you and your needs.
Via a recent Instagram post, pop diva Ariana Grande became the latest young celebrity to publicly acknowledge a dental milestone: having her wisdom teeth removed. The singer of hits such as “Break Free” and “Problem” posted an after-surgery picture of herself (wearing her signature cat-eye eyeliner), with a caption addressed to her teeth: “Peace out, final three wisdom teeth. It’s been real.”
With the post, Grande joined several other celebs (including Lily Allen, Paris Hilton and Emile Hirsch) who have shared their dental surgery experience with fans. Will "wisdom teeth removal" become a new trending topic on social media? We aren’t sure — but we can explain a bit about the procedure, and why many younger adults may need it.
Technically called the “third molars,” wisdom teeth usually begin to emerge from the gums between the ages of 17 and 25 — presumably, around the same time that a certain amount of wisdom emerges. Most people have four of these big molars, which are located all the way in the back of the mouth, on the left and right sides of the upper and lower jaws.
But when wisdom teeth begin to appear, there’s often a problem: Many people don’t have enough space in their jaws to accommodate them. When these molars lack sufficient space to fully erupt (emerge), they are said to be “impacted.” Impacted teeth can cause a number of serious problems: These may include pain, an increased potential for bacterial infections, periodontal disease, and even the formation of cysts (pockets of infection below the gum line), which can eventually lead to tooth and bone loss.
In most cases, the best treatment for impacted wisdom teeth is extraction (removal) of the problem teeth. Wisdom tooth extraction is a routine, in-office procedure that is usually performed under local anesthesia or “conscious sedation,” a type of anesthesia where the patient remains conscious (able to breathe normally and respond to stimuli), but is free from any pain or distress. Anti-anxiety medications may also be given, especially for those who are apprehensive about dental procedures.
So if you find you need your wisdom teeth extracted, don’t be afraid to “Break Free” like Ariana Grande did; whether you post the results on social media is entirely up to you. If you would like more information about wisdom tooth extraction, please call our office to schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Wisdom Teeth” and “Removing Wisdom Teeth.”