Am I Too Old For Orthodontic Treatment?

Am I Too Old For Orthodontic Treatment?Many adults with a misaligned smile find themselves asking, “am I too old for orthodontic treatment?” Movies and television is filled with the images of teenagers wearing braces and headgear, which makes many of us mistakenly believe that orthodontic treatment is strictly for adolescents. While orthodontic treatment is appropriate for kids and teens, it is also appropriate for adults. Misaligned smiles and crooked teeth are problematic for anyone of any age because it can lead to health problems and low self-esteem.  (more…)

Why And When: First Orthodontist Visit

Why And When: First Orthodontist VisitWhy should your child first visit the orthodontist? Why should your child visit the orthodontist? The American Associates for Orthodontists recommend that age seven is the best age for a child’s first visit to an orthodontist. While seven could seem like an arbitrary number, it is developmentally the best age to identify any potential orthodontic issues. It is important to note that not everyone develops the same though. Baby teeth typically fall out in the same order for most children, and the age of seven lands in between formative dental years. An orthodontic visit at a young age can help identify crowding, spacing of teeth, and identify any bite or alignment issues.  (more…)

FAQ: TMJ Disorder

FAQ: TMJ DisorderStudies show that approximately 10 and 12 million people in the United States suffer from a common oral health issue known as TMJ disorder. TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder is caused by pressure on the jaw joints that can eventually lead to problems fully opening and closing your mouth. TMJ disorder can be treated using oral splint therapy or orthodontics.  (more…)

Improved Health With Straighter Teeth

Improved Health With Straighter TeethWhen looking in the mirror, it can seem like a crooked smile only affects your appearance or that it can make you feel insecure about showing off your smile. While confidence in your appearance is important, crooked teeth can also cause harm to your health. Straightening your teeth can make them easier to clean, which can decrease your risk of gum disease and oral health issues. Straighter teeth are less susceptible to damage. Crooked teeth can lead to frequent headaches and jaw disorder. If you have teeth that are crooked or misaligned, straightening them can improve your health.  (more…)

Is It Time To Consider Invisalign®?

Is It Time To Consider Invisalign®?Living with a crooked smile can be challenging. It could make you feel insecure about the way your teeth look, which can make you feel less inclined to smile or laugh. Crooked, misaligned teeth can also increase your risk for developing tooth decay, gum disease, or TMJ disorder. Straightening lowers these risks and could increase your desire to smile. If you qualify, Invisalign® clear aligners over could be a good option to consider when wanting to straighten your teeth.  (more…)

Do I Need To Clean My Tongue?

Do I Need To Clean My Tongue?In your efforts to keep your mouth healthy, you are probably paying close attention to your teeth and gums. Have you thought about your tongue’s role in your oral health? Your tongue is body’s strongest muscle and it helps you to speak clearly and to eat properly. Your tongue can also be home to many of the germs that can cause tooth decay, gum disease, bad breath, and other oral health issues. To help maximize your dental hygiene routine, cleaning your may be a good added step. (more…)

3 Big Reasons To Straighten Your Smile

3 Important Reasons To Straighten Your smileA misaligned smile can make you feel insecure. While confidence in your appearance is important, misaligned teeth can also wreak havoc on your smile’s health. Straighter teeth can be easier to keep clean, and they are less susceptible to breakage or tooth decay. A crooked smile can increase your chances of developing TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder, which can lead to chronic headaches or the grinding of your teeth. Straightening your smile can increase your chances of keeping a healthy mouth(more…)

In The Community This Weekend

In The Community This WeekendNow that the holidays are over, the kids may be back in school. The cold weather may have kept you and your family cooped up inside the house, but the chill has warmed up a bit. It’s time to break the cabin fever and get outside. There are plenty of events in the Fort Worth community that can be enjoyed this weekend. Lake Country Orthodontics is very proud to serve this unique and welcoming community that is North Texas and Fort Worth.  (more…)