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By Sudbury Family Dental Care
February 26, 2019
Category: Dental Appliances
Tags: Orthodontics   braces   invisalign  

Different Types Of BracesBraces are an orthodontic treatment used to straighten teeth, realign the bite, and close gap between teeth. Many people are familiar with traditional silver-tone braces in which brackets are mounted on the front of the teeth. However, other types of braces are also available, including ceramic and lingual braces, both of which offer the benefit of being discreet. A dentist or orthodontist can help you decide which braces type is right for you. Your dentists at Sudbury Family Dental Care in Sudbury, MA Dr. Maria Elizondo Marinescu, Dr. Sorin Marinescu and their associates are your professionals for orthodontics.

Types of Braces

There are three different types of braces available for achieving the smile you desire. The three main types include ceramic, metal, and lingual. All three types of braces consist of brackets, wires, and bands. The brackets are cemented to the teeth in the front of the mouth, while bands are placed around the molars in the back. Wires are used to connect all the brackets and bands together. Braces cause the teeth to move in the desired direction by exerting slight pressure on the teeth.

The brackets are mounted on the front of the teeth with both metal and ceramic braces. Ceramic braces offer a more discreet option because the brackets are clear and blend in with the teeth. By contrast, the brackets used with metal braces are silver-tone and are readily noticeable against the teeth. Lingual braces also use silver-tone metal brackets. However, the brackets are cemented to the backside of the teeth, making for another discreet option. The staff at your Sudbury dental office can help you choose the right braces type for you.

Clear Aligners

In addition to the different types of braces, there is another option for straightening teeth called clear aligners. Clear aligners straighten the teeth with removable trays that fit over the top and bottom rows of teeth. The trays are made of a soft plastic material so they are comfortable to wear. They are also discreet since the plastic is clear. The aligner trays can also be taken out briefly to eat, brush, and floss. Clear aligners are a great alternative for straightening teeth, but braces are the right option for correcting misaligned bites, such as overbites or underbites.

You have several options for straightening your smile. Your dentists at Sudbury Family Dental Care in Sudbury, MA Dr. Maria Elizondo Marinescu, Dr. Sorin Marinescu and their associates can help you select which braces type is right for you. For braces and other types of orthodontics in Sudbury, contact Sudbury Family Dental Care at (978) 443-5193.

By Sudbury Family Dental Care
December 21, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
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Mayim Bialik has spent a good part of her life in front of TV cameras: first as the child star of the hit comedy series Blossom, and more recently as Sheldon Cooper’s love interest — a nerdy neuroscientist — on The Big Bang Theory. (In between, she actually earned a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA…but that’s another story.) As a child, Bialik had a serious overbite — but with all her time on camera, braces were just not an option.

“I never had braces,” she recently told Dear Doctor – Dentistry & Oral Health magazine. “I was on TV at the time, and there weren’t a lot of creative solutions for kids who were on TV.” Instead, her orthodontist managed to straighten her teeth using retainers and headgear worn only at night.

Today, there are several virtually invisible options available to fix orthodontic issues — and you don’t have to be a child star to take advantage of them. In fact, both children and adults can benefit from these unobtrusive appliances.

Tooth colored braces are just like traditional metal braces, with one big difference: The brackets attached to teeth are made from a ceramic material that blends in with the natural color of teeth. All that’s visible is the thin archwire that runs horizontally across the teeth — and from a distance it’s hard to notice. Celebs like Tom Cruise and Faith Hill opted for this type of appliance.

Clear aligners are custom-made plastic trays that fit over the teeth. Each one, worn for about two weeks, moves the teeth just a bit; after several months, you’ll see a big change for the better in your smile. Best of all, clear aligners are virtually impossible to notice while you’re wearing them — which you’ll need to do for 22 hours each day. But you can remove them to eat, or for special occasions. Zac Efron and Katherine Heigl, among others, chose to wear clear aligners.

Lingual braces really are invisible. That’s because they go behind your teeth (on the tongue side), where they can’t be seen; otherwise they are similar to traditional metal braces. Lingual braces are placed on teeth differently, and wearing them often takes some getting used to at first. But those trade-offs are worth it for plenty of people. Which celebs wore lingual braces? Rumor has it that the list includes some top models, a well-known pop singer, and at least one British royal.

So what’s the best way to straighten your teeth and keep the orthodontic appliances unnoticeable? Just ask us! We’d be happy to help you choose the option that’s just right for you. You’ll get an individualized evaluation, a solution that fits your lifestyle — and a great-looking smile!

For more information about hard-to-see (or truly invisible) orthodontics, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Orthodontics for the Older Adult” and “Clear Aligners for Teenagers.”

By Sudbury Family Dental Care
September 23, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   braces  
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Have you started orthodontic treatment recently? Are you having a little trouble getting used to your braces? If so, you are not alone: Everybody goes through an adjustment period during which they momentarily wonder if they’ll really ever get used to this. Don’t worry — you will! And we’ve never heard anyone say, on the day their braces come off and their new smile is revealed, that they aren’t glad they went the distance. Just ask Houston Rockets all-star center Dwight Howard, who discussed his own orthodontic treatment in a recent interview.

“I’m sure I was no different than anyone else who has ever had braces,” he told Mediaplanet. “At first I hated them so much… That changed once I got used to them and I actually grew to love them.” What’s Howard’s advice? “Do exactly what your orthodontist says and know that the outcome is well worth it in the end.” We couldn’t agree more! Here are some tips for wearing braces comfortably:

  • Hard & Chewy Foods: If you love fresh fruits and vegetables, that’s great; there’s no reason to give them up, just the really hard ones. You don’t want to bite into an apple or carrot or any other hard foods like bagels and pizza that have any “size” to them. Small pieces may be ok as long as they can’t bend your wires. Chewy, sticky candy should really be avoided completely. Same with soda, sports drinks and so-called energy drinks because they contain acids that promote tooth decay and can cause a lot of damage around the braces.
  • Effective Oral Hygiene: Keeping your teeth clean is more important than ever, but also more challenging than ever. It’s easy for food to get stuck under wires and around brackets, but failing to remove it can cause tooth decay, gum irritation and soreness. Therefore, the cleaner your teeth and your braces are, the healthier you will be. Use interdental cleaning brushes and/or a floss-threader to get behind your wires. A mouthrinse can also help strengthen teeth and keep bacteria in check. If you have any questions about how to clean between your teeth, please ask for a demonstration at your next visit.
  • Pain Relief: Some soreness at the beginning of orthodontic treatment is normal. To relieve it, you can use an over-the-counter pain reliever and/or a warm washcloth or heating pad placed on the outside of the jaw. If brackets or wires are rubbing against the inside of your cheeks or lips, try applying wax to these areas of your braces. If this does not offer enough relief, we may be able to trim the end of a poking wire. Call us if you need help with this.

Our goal is to make your orthodontic treatment as comfortable as possible on the way to achieving your all-star smile. If you have questions about adjusting to braces, contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Caring for Teeth During Orthodontic Treatment.”