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If you live in the Catonsville, MD, area and are wondering if you need orthodontic help, it’s probably time to get good professional advice from a qualified orthodontist. Consider talking to the staff at Angel Dental Care.
The fact is, orthodontics are about more than just straight teeth and “Hollywood” smiles. Orthodontics can be an important step to take in improving your overall oral health.
Here are some common questions and answers regarding orthodontics.
Q- What are orthodontics?
A – Orthodontics refers to an area of dentistry that specializes in treating facial and dental irregularities. Orthodontists may use braces to correct severe bite problems, alignment problems in your jaw, and/or crowding, spacing and irregular placement issues.
Q – Exactly what kind of problems do orthodontics address?
A – Malocclusion, which refers to jaw alignment (overbite or underbite) problems associated with having too many teeth (crowding) and spacing issues (gaps), to name a few. Not only can these types of issues damage your self-confidence, they can damage your oral health.
Q – Why is it so important I see an orthodontist in Catonsville?
A – If you have issues with your bite, if your teeth are crowded or have gaps or if they are crooked, your regular dentist may refer you to an orthodontist, who specializes in treating those issues. Like anything else, you want the most expert advice regarding this aspect of your oral health.
Q- So my teeth are a little crooked. Is that so bad?
A – In addition to the confidence a well-aligned smile will give you, the fact is, your oral health can be compromised if you don’t do something about it. A misaligned bite can cause chronic pain and even make it more difficult to speak or chew. Crooked or crowded teeth make brushing, flossing and cleaning your teeth and gums more difficult and consequently, make you more likely to suffer gum disease, tooth decay or other oral health issues.
Q – I am not comfortable with metal braces. Is that my only option?
A – No. Your Catonsville dentist or orthodontist can probably explain a variety of options, including clear braces, you can think about and discuss.
Whatever your situation, the staff at Angel Dental Care can help you make the best decision for you. If you are seeking a qualified dentist in Catonsville, MD, consider contacting Angel Dental Care. For more information call (417) 747-0077.
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.
Magician Michael Grandinetti mystifies and astonishes audiences with his sleight of hand and mastery of illusion. But when he initially steps onto the stage, it’s his smile that grabs the attention. “The first thing… that an audience notices is your smile; it’s what really connects you as a person to them,” Michael told an interviewer.
He attributes his audience-pleasing smile to several years of orthodontic treatment as a teenager to straighten misaligned teeth, plus a lifetime of good oral care. “I’m so thankful that I did it,” he said about wearing orthodontic braces. “It was so beneficial. And… looking at the path I’ve chosen, it was life-changing.”
Orthodontics — the dental subspecialty focused on treating malocclusions (literally “bad bites”) — can indeed make life-changing improvements. Properly positioned teeth are integral to the aesthetics of any smile, and a smile that’s pleasing to look at boosts confidence and self-esteem and makes a terrific first impression. Studies have even linked having an attractive smile with greater professional success.
There can also be functional benefits such as improved biting/chewing and speech, and reduced strain on jaw muscles and joints. Additionally, well-aligned teeth are easier to clean and less likely to trap food particles that can lead to decay.
The Science Behind the Magic
There are more options than ever for correcting bites, but all capitalize on the fact that teeth are suspended in individual jawbone sockets by elastic periodontal ligaments that enable them to move. Orthodontic appliances (commonly called braces or clear aligners) place light, controlled forces on teeth in a calculated fashion to move them into their new desired alignment.
The “gold standard” in orthodontic treatment remains the orthodontic band for posterior (back) teeth and the bonded bracket for front teeth. Thin, flexible wires threaded through the brackets create the light forces needed for repositioning. Traditionally the brackets have been made of metal, but for those concerned about the aesthetics, they can also be made out of a clear material. Lingual braces, which are bonded to the back of teeth instead of the front, are another less visible option. The most discrete appliance is the removable clear aligner, which consists of a progression of custom-made clear trays that reposition teeth incrementally.
How’s that for a disappearing act?!
If you would like more information about orthodontic treatment please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the subject by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Magic of Orthodontics.”
Fans of the primetime TV show The Middle were delighted to see that high school senior Sue, played by Eden Sher, finally got her braces off at the start of Season 6. But since this popular sitcom wouldn’t be complete without some slapstick comedy, this happy event is not without its trials and tribulations: The episode ends with Sue’s whole family diving into a dumpster in search of the teen’s lost retainer. Sue finds it in the garbage and immediately pops it in her mouth. But wait — it doesn’t fit, it’s not even hers!
If you think this scenario is far-fetched, guess again. OK, maybe the part about Sue not washing the retainer upon reclaiming it was just a gag (literally and figuratively), but lost retainers are all too common. Unfortunately, they’re also expensive to replace — so they need to be handled with care. What’s the best way to do that? Retainers should be brushed daily with a soft toothbrush and liquid soap (dish soap works well), and then placed immediately back in your mouth or into the case that came with the retainer. When you are eating a meal at a restaurant, do not wrap your retainer in a napkin and leave it on the table — this is a great way to lose it! Instead, take the case with you, and keep the retainer in it while you’re eating. When you get home, brush your teeth and then put the retainer back in your mouth.
If you do lose your retainer though, let us know right away. Retention is the last step of your orthodontic treatment, and it’s extremely important. You’ve worked hard to get a beautiful smile, and no one wants to see that effort wasted. Yet if you neglect to wear your retainer as instructed, your teeth are likely to shift out of position. Why does this happen?
As you’ve seen firsthand, teeth aren’t rigidly fixed in the jaw — they can be moved in response to light and continuous force. That’s what orthodontic appliances do: apply the right amount of force in a carefully controlled manner. But there are other forces at work on your teeth that can move them in less predictable ways. For example, normal biting and chewing can, over time, cause your teeth to shift position. To get teeth to stay where they’ve been moved orthodontically, new bone needs to form around them and anchor them where they are. That will happen over time, but only if they are held in place with a retainer. That’s why it is so important to wear yours as directed — and notify us immediately if it gets lost.
And if ever you do have to dig your retainer out of a dumpster… be sure to wash it before putting in in your mouth!
If you would like more information on retainers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Importance of Orthodontic Retainers” and “Why Orthodontic Retainers?”
Have you heard of palatal expanders? If your child needs orthodontic work, then you ought to hear about them! These small appliances offer plenty of advantages to kids whose smiles, due to a variety of problems, may need some help. Here are five things you should know:
1. Palatal expanders are small orthodontic appliances that fit inside the mouth.
Custom-fabricated for each child, these devices are placed near the roof of the mouth, in between the two rows of upper teeth. They consist of two small metal brackets with a tensioning system that can be adjusted by a tiny key. Not everyone needs one, but they can really benefit kids with certain orthodontic conditions.
2. Palatal expanders take advantage of a child's natural growth processes.
That's part of the reason they work so well. Since the bones of a child's upper jaw don't fuse together until sometime after puberty, it's relatively easy to move them apart before that time. The palatal expander applies gentle pressure to gradually move the left and right halves of the upper jaw apart, over a period of a few months. Then it's left on several weeks longer, allowing new bone to fill in and stabilize the expansion.
3. Palatal expanders are helpful in treating a variety of orthodontic problems.
Crowding — that is, not having enough space in the jaw to accommodate all of the teeth — is one major issue. A related issue is impacted teeth: These are teeth that are blocked from coming in (erupting) by other teeth or jaw structures. A third issue is crossbite: That's when the back top teeth come down to bite inside, rather than outside, the bottom teeth. Gaining additional space in the upper jaw can help relieve all of these problems.
4. Palatal expanders can eliminate the need for tooth extraction.
Once upon a time, extraction was the only way to solve these problems. However it's an invasive (and potentially complex) procedure. A palatal expander can often provide the same — or better — results, via a noninvasive method.
5. Palatal expanders typically shorten overall orthodontic treatment time.
They're generally worn for a total of three to six months, but they can considerably shorten a child's overall orthodontic treatment time. Plus, they're invisible — a big plus to image-conscious teens. Could they benefit your child?
If you have questions about palatal expanders, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Palatal Expanders” and “The Magic of Orthodontics.”