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Could braces help you get the smile you want?
Do you feel embarrassed or self-conscious about your smile? Are you dealing with crowding, crooked teeth or gaps between your teeth? If so, you may benefit from getting braces. Your dentists at Sudbury Family Dental Care in Sudbury, MA Dr. Maria Elizondo Marinescu, Dr. Sorin Marinescu and their associates provide braces to all ages, from children and teens to older adults. If you are interested in orthodontics, the team at Sudbury Family Dental Care can help.
Here are some signs that orthodontic treatment may be right for you,
You have a crowded smile
Sometimes when the jaws are just a little too small to accommodate all of your teeth you end up dealing with crowding. This is a very common problem that causes teeth to overlap one other. The problem with crowding is that it can be difficult to properly clean teeth, which can lead to decay and gum disease.
You have spaces between teeth
The opposite of crowding is having large gaps between teeth. Not only does this impact your smile’s appearance, but it also provides more spaces for food and bacteria to get trapped. Since gapped smiles can also lead to decay and gum disease, it’s important to get braces to help close these gaps.
You have an overbite
When you bite down do you notice that your upper teeth overlap the lower teeth? If so, then you have an overbite. An overbite has the ability to wear down teeth more easily and lead to fractures and other dental injuries. To protect the health and integrity of your teeth, braces can be placed to correct this “bad bite”.
You have an underbite
If your lower teeth overlap your upper teeth when you bite down, then you have an underbite. Moderate to severe underbites can affect speech, chewing and biting. This can also cause excessive wear to certain teeth.
Is it too soon to bring my child in for an orthodontic evaluation?
Most children visit an orthodontist at the age of seven. Of course, if you are bringing them into our Sudbury, MA, dental office every six months our dentist will continue to monitor your child’s developing smile to determine whether orthodontic could correct certain issues.
If you are ready to sit down with our Sudbury, MA, dental team to discuss orthodontics and to choose the right types of braces to fit your needs, then call Sudbury Family Dental Care at (978) 443-5193 to schedule a consultation.
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.
If you're well past your teen years, you probably have several reasons for not straightening your crooked smile: the expense, the time and the embarrassment of being a 30-, 40- or 50+- something wearing braces. But we have five reasons why adult orthodontic treatment can be a smart choice: Tom Cruise, Kathy Bates, Carrie Underwood, Danny Glover and Faith Hill.
That's right: Each of these well-known entertainers and performers—and quite a few more—underwent treatment to improve a poor dental bite. And not as teenage unknowns: Each on our list wore braces or clear aligners as famous adults (the paparazzi don't lie!).
Here are a few of the reasons why these celebrities chose to change their smile through orthodontics—and why you can, too.
Age isn't a factor. Straightening misaligned teeth isn't reserved only for tweens and teens—there are a growing number of adults well into their middle and senior years undergoing orthodontic treatment. As long as your teeth are relatively sound and your gums are healthy, it's altogether appropriate to undergo bite correction at any age.
A boost to your dental health. Gaining a more attractive smile through orthodontics is in some ways an added benefit. The biggest gain by far is the improvement straightening your teeth can bring to your long-term health. Misaligned teeth are more difficult to keep clean of dental plaque, which can increase your disease risk. They also may not function as well as they should while chewing food, which can affect your digestion.
Traditional braces aren't the only way. If the thought of displaying all that hardware makes you cringe, it's not your only option. One of the most popular alternatives is clear aligners, custom plastic trays that are nearly invisible on your teeth—and you can take them out, too. Another method growing in popularity are lingual braces: All the hardware is behind the teeth and thus out of sight. And you can, of course, opt for traditional braces—just ask Tom Cruise!
Oh, yes—a new smile! Orthodontics was truly the first “smile makeover.” It can improve your appearance all by itself, or it can be part of a comprehensive plan to give you an entirely new look. While the gains to your health are primary, don't discount what a more attractive smile could do for you in every area of your life.
The best way to find out if orthodontics will work for you is to visit us for an initial exam and consultation. Just like our A-list celebrities, you may find that orthodontics could be a sound investment in your health and self-confidence.
If you would like more information about orthodontic treatments, please contact us or schedule an appointment. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Orthodontics for the Older Adult” and “The Magic of Orthodontics: The Original Smile Makeover.”
Are you considering orthodontic treatment for yourself or a loved one? At Sudbury Family Dental Care in Sudbury, MA, our team of five dentists provide everything you need for great oral health--including orthodontics. Read on to learn more.
Orthodontics and your family
There are several types of orthodontic braces. Metal or ceramic braces, with their brackets, archwires, and ligatures, are what people think of first. Lingual or tongue-side braces are a lesser-known option. Headgear and palatal expanders typically prepare young people for more involved orthodontic treatment or help avoid it altogether. Finally, teens and adults frequently choose clear acrylic aligners which are removable and reposition teeth more quickly than conventional braces.
What's best for you or your child depends on the particulars of your case. Through an orthodontic consultation in her Sudbury, MA, office, Dr. Carolyn Lucey can determine if braces--and what kind--are appropriate for your unique oral health needs and smile goals.
Health benefits of orthodontic treatment
Dental health, in large part, depends on how straight your teeth are, how well your jaws operate, and if your teeth bite together, or occlude, properly.
Healthline reports that that crooked teeth easily collect plaque and tartar, the main causes of tooth decay and periodontal disease. Crooked smiles also place excessive crushing pressure on individual teeth, causing:
- Cracked, chipped and worn enamel
- Teeth clenching and grinding
- Jaw pain
- Ear aches and headaches
Also, poorly-aligned smiles impair clear speech and make biting, chewing and digestion (which begins in the mouth) inefficient.
When someone undergoes orthodontic treatment at your Sudbury, MA, dental practice, the patient can expect:
- Improved oral function
- Teeth which are easy to floss and brush
- Stronger teeth, gums and supporting bone
- Better overall health (gum disease promotes systemic problems such as hypertension and diabetes)
- Clearer speech
- Fewer accidental injuries (protruding front teeth are more easily chipped, cracked, displaced and knocked-out)
- Improved confidence and self-esteem
It's time, isn't it?
The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends each child receive an orthodontic evaluation by age seven. As an adult, you, too, can get the appraisal you need at Sudbury Family Dental Care. Orthodontics is a big part of what we provide families in the Sudbury area. Call today for more information: (978) 443-5193.
The movie Bohemian Rhapsody celebrates the iconic rock band Queen and its legendary lead vocalist, Freddie Mercury. But when we see pictures of the flamboyant singer, many fans both old and new may wonder—what made Freddie’s toothy smile look the way it did? Here’s the answer: The singer was born with four extra teeth at the back of his mouth, which caused his front teeth to be pushed forward, giving him a noticeable overbite.
The presence of extra teeth—more than 20 primary (baby) teeth or 32 adult teeth—is a relatively rare condition called hyperdontia. Sometimes this condition causes no trouble, and an extra tooth (or two) isn’t even recognized until the person has an oral examination. In other situations, hyperdontia can create problems in the mouth such as crowding, malocclusion (bad bite) and periodontal disease. That’s when treatment may be recommended.
Exactly what kind of treatment is needed? There’s a different answer for each individual, but in many cases the problem can be successfully resolved with tooth extraction (removal) and orthodontic treatment (such as braces). Some people may be concerned about having teeth removed, whether it’s for this problem or another issue. But in skilled hands, this procedure is routine and relatively painless.
Teeth aren’t set rigidly in the jawbone like posts in cement—they are actually held in place dynamically by a fibrous membrane called the periodontal ligament. With careful manipulation of the tooth, these fibers can be dislodged and the tooth can be easily extracted. Of course, you won’t feel this happening because extraction is done under anesthesia (often via a numbing shot). In addition, you may be given a sedative or anti-anxiety medication to help you relax during the procedure.
After extraction, some bone grafting material may be placed in the tooth socket and gauze may be applied to control bleeding; sutures (stitches) are sometimes used as well. You’ll receive instructions on medication and post-extraction care before you go home. While you will probably feel discomfort in the area right after the procedure, in a week or so the healing process will be well underway.
Sometimes, dental problems like hyperdontia need immediate treatment because they can negatively affect your overall health; at other times, the issue may be mainly cosmetic. Freddie Mercury declined treatment because he was afraid dental work might interfere with his vocal range. But the decision to change the way your smile looks is up to you; after an examination, we can help you determine what treatment options are appropriate for your own situation.
If you have questions about tooth extraction or orthodontics, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Simple Tooth Extraction” and “The Magic of Orthodontics.”