The monarchs of the world experience the same health issues as their subjects—but they often tend to be hush-hush about it. Recently, though, the normally reticent Queen Elizabeth II let some young dental patients in on a lesser known fact about Her Majesty's teeth.
While touring a new dental hospital, the queen told some children being fitted for braces that she too “had wires” once upon a time. She also said, “I think it's worth it in the end.”
The queen isn't the only member of the House of Windsor to need help with a poor bite. Both Princes William and Harry have worn braces, as have other members of the royal family. A propensity for overbites, underbites and other malocclusions (poor bites) can indeed pass down through families, whether of noble or common lineage.
Fortunately, there are many ways to correct congenital malocclusions, depending on their type and severity. Here are 3 of them.
Braces and clear aligners. Braces are the tried and true way to straighten misaligned teeth, while the clear aligner method—removable plastic mouth trays—is the relative “new kid on the block.” Braces are indeed effective for a wide range of malocclusions, but their wires and brackets make it difficult to brush and floss, and they're not particularly attractive. Clear aligners solve both of these issues, though they may not handle more complex malocclusions as well as braces.
Palatal expanders. When the upper jaw develops too narrowly, a malocclusion may result from teeth crowding into too small a space. But before the upper jaw bones fuse together in late childhood, orthodontists can fit a device called a palatal expander inside the upper teeth, which exerts gentle outward pressure on the teeth. This encourages more bone growth in the center to widen the jaw and help prevent a difficult malocclusion from forming.
Specialized braces for impacted teeth. An impacted tooth, which remains partially or completely hidden in the gums, can impede dental health, function and appearance. But we may be able to coax some impacted teeth like the front canines into full eruption. This requires a special orthodontic technique in which a bracket is surgically attached to the impacted tooth's crown. A chain connected to the bracket is then looped over other orthodontic hardware to gradually pull the tooth down where it should be.
Although some techniques like palatal expanders are best undertaken in early dental development, people of any age and reasonably good health can have a problem bite corrected with other methods. If you are among those who benefit from orthodontics, you'll have something in common with the Sovereign of the British Isles: a healthy, attractive and straighter smile.
At Sudbury Family Dental Care in Sudbury MA, we welcome patients of all ages--from the youngest of children to our friends in their senior years. Preventive services are the cornerstone of all we do. Dr. Maria Elizondo-Marinescu, Dr. Sorin Marinescu, and their associate dentists strive to keep teeth and gums healthy for life. Is it time for your routine appointment with your general dentist?
What to expect
Whether you schedule a routine or urgent care appointment with your Sudbury general dentist, your professional team will greet you warmly and promptly at our Sudbury MA office. You'll be asked basic screening questions and be directed to update health and insurance information online.
Then, a dental assistant will escort you to one of our bright and comfortable treatment rooms. Your general dentists and their staff implement the highest standards in patient safety with:
- N95 masks
- High volume aerosols
- Small particulate filtration systems
- Strict sterilization and disinfection techniques and proper social distancing throughout our facilities
At Sudbury Family Dental Care, we adhere to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for your utmost protection.
Your general dentistry services
The Consumer Guide to Dentistry says general dentists provide the preventive, restorative, and aesthetic treatments needed to avoid or treat a variety of oral health problems and to improve the appearance of teeth and gums.
At our Sudbury MA office, our general dentists get to know their patients well and follow through on comprehensive care plans to foster the best oral health. We also have an on-staff periodontist, orthodontist, and endodontist to meet your more complex needs such as gum disease therapy, root canals, and orthodontics.
Your six-month cleaning and exam yield valuable information about your current oral health and your overall health too. Dr. Maria Elizondo-Marinescu, Dr. Sorin Marinescu, and their colleagues use these services as the baseline for current and future care and to prevent problems as early as possible.
Schedule your appointment
At Sudbury Family Dental Care in Sudbury MA, general dentistry is anything but general. We look forward to seeing you for your prophylactic care. In a single location, we offer you the state of the art treatments you need to have your brightest, healthiest smile. Phone us to schedule your appointment with Dr. Maria Elizondo-Marinescu, Dr. Sorin Marinescu, and their associate dentists. We look forward to seeing you! Call (978) 443-5193.
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Get the smile you want
At your cosmetic dentistry Sudbury office, if you can imagine it, we can deliver it. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) cites research that most Americans notice your smile before they notice anything else about you. Based on that initial impression, many opinions form, including how smart, friendly, and competent you are.
Our cosmetic dentists, Dr. Maria Elizondo Marinescu, Dr. Sorin Marinescu, and their associates, help patients define and refine their cosmetic goals. Resulting smiles are bright and confidence-inspiring, both for the observers and the people themselves. They offer in-depth cosmetic dentistry consultations in Sudsbury to include:
- A complete dental exam and X-rays to make sure your mouth is healthy
- Review of your goals and realistic options
- Formulation of a care plan to include treatments, budget, and timeline
- Preview of your fabulous new smile
Offered aesthetic services
Zoom! Whitening: Today's most popular teeth whitening option, Zoom! Whitening takes under an hour, leaving your smile free of dark dental stains and overall dullness. Your dentist swabs on hydrogen peroxide gel three times, activating it with a special light and rinsing it off to reveal bright enamel. Take-home trays keep your smile bright indefinitely.
Lumineers: These no-prep dental laminates are ultra-thin and require no enamel resurfacing. Customized to completely cover the front of teeth marred by chips, stains, cracks, and gaps, lumineers permanently reshape healthy teeth to look their very best.
Composite resin bonding: Your cosmetic dentists in Sudsbury apply a tooth-colored putty to erase small dental flaws, creating a realistic shape that is highly durable.
Cosmetic contouring: Often the last step in a more extensive treatment, contouring gently sands and shapes tooth edges for the perfect finish.
Porcelain crowns: These realistic caps of premium ceramic protect weak, cracked, or misshapen teeth. Also, they attach bridgework to neighboring teeth, restore dental implants, and protect teeth after root canal therapy. Crowns combine the best of restorative and cosmetic dentistry in one service.
White fillings: Made of composite resin, glass ionomer, or porcelain, white fillings restore decayed teeth and look lifelike. You may elect to replace unattractive metal fillings with these durable materials too.
What an improvement!
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The final quarter of the 2019-2020 academic year was like no other in modern history. Because of COVID-19, U.S. schools and colleges lay dormant as millions of students carried on their studies via distance learning. Whether the upcoming school year will be online or in-person, the end of summer is still a great time to make sure your family's dental health is on track.
Normally, dental care is one of several items that families focus on right before school begins anew. But even if school won't be resuming in the traditional sense, you can still put the spotlight on your family's teeth and gums.
Here are 4 dental care areas that deserve your attention before the new school year begins.
Re-energize daily hygiene. The break in routine caused by sheltering in place may have had a stilting effect on regular habits like brushing and flossing. If so, now's the time to kick-start your family's daily hygiene. Brushing and flossing remove disease-causing plaque and are essential to long-term prevention of tooth decay and gum disease.
Schedule a dental cleaning. Regular professional cleanings, generally every six months, are necessary to remove hard-to-reach plaque and tartar. Scheduling may have been difficult this past spring, but as life starts to get back to normal, be sure to return to regular dental visits as soon as possible. During appointments, we can spot small issues that if left undetected could cause bigger problems later on.
Reassess your family's diet. If the last few months have impacted your normal food choices, you may want to take a closer look at your family's diet and what effect it may have on dental health. Processed foods with added sugar contribute to the risk of dental disease. But a diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy contains abundant nutrients for strengthening teeth and gums.
Seek special evaluations as needed. It's a good idea to have your child undergo an orthodontic evaluation around age 6: If they have a poor bite developing, early intervention could prevent or minimize it. And you should have your teenagers' wisdom teeth monitored regularly in case they're impacted or causing other dental problems—they may require removal in early adulthood or before.
Hopefully, this unusual interruption in education will soon become a distant memory. But even with the school routine being upended as it has, you can still take advantage of the end of summer to give your family's dental health a boost.
If you would like more information about back-to-school dental care, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Top 10 Oral Health Tips for Children.”
COVID-19 containment restrictions could put a kink in many of our vacation plans this summer. With leisure air travel discouraged and popular attractions like Disney closed, this may be the year for a “staycation.” But however your summer plans turn out, be sure you keep up with the essentials—like taking care of your teeth and gums.
Vacations, whether a road trip or a camping getaway in your own backyard, are times to recharge the “mental batteries” by temporarily leaving everyday life behind. But not everything—you still need to take care of life's necessities, including daily dental care. Not to sound like a schoolmarm, but there is no vacation from brushing and flossing.
Actually, it's not that onerous: Just five short minutes a day is all you need to effectively perform these two essential hygiene tasks before you head out for your vacation activities (or non-activities, as the case may be). During those five minutes, though, you'll be removing built-up dental plaque, a bacterial film that's the top cause for tooth decay and gum disease.
You should also keep an eye on your vacation diet. For many people, seasonal getaways often come with an increase in sweet treats like pastries, ice cream or, the perennial campfire favorite, s'mores. But increased sugar may also raise your risk for dental disease. So, limit those sweet treats, consider alternative snacks without sugar, and brush after eating to keep tooth decay or gum disease from getting a foothold.
An equally important measure for maintaining healthy teeth and gums is a regular dental visit at least twice a year. During these visits we'll clean your teeth of any missed plaque or tartar (hardened plaque) and check for any signs of dental disease. Our goal is to keep you in the best oral health for the long haul.
Everyone needs a break from the routine now and then, even if it's a creative alternative to the traditional summer trip. Just be sure you have your dental care covered before your vacation.
If you would like more information about daily and regular dental care, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Daily Oral Hygiene” and “The Bitter Truth About Sugar.”
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