Ft. Worth Orthodontist Discusses the Link Between Headaches and TMD

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Do you suffer from frequent headaches? If so, the cause may be a common and serious issue known as TMJ disorder, or TMD. In the United States alone, over ten million people exhibit the symptoms of TMJ dysfunction. At Lake Country Orthodontics, we offer treatment for TMJ disorder. In today’s blog, your Ft. Worth orthodontist, Dr. Ciro Cabal, explains the link between headaches and TMD. He will also discuss treatment options.

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North Ft. Worth Orthodontist: How to Fight Cavities with Braces

Wearing braces typically involves changes to everyday routines, like eating and brushing teeth. In some cases, braces can also increase a patient’s risk of developing tooth decay and cavities by harboring dental plaque in hard-to-reach places. If allowed to develop, infectious cavities can destroy a tooth’s structure and interrupt the course of orthodontic treatment. Your North Ft. Worth orthodontist, Dr. Ciro Cabal, takes a look at how cavities form, and how to protect your smile when braces complicate dental hygiene.

How Cavities Form

If you’ve ever had a cavity, you can thank the sticky substance that sometimes adheres to teeth and gums. (more…)

A Brief History of Orthodontics

little girl history lessonOrthodontics is a branch of modern dentistry that specializes in the study, diagnosis, and treatment of irregular teeth and jaw alignment. Oftentimes, orthodontic treatment involves the use of braces to move crooked teeth into vertical, properly-aligned positions. Today, advanced orthodontic treatment may include the use of more discrete alternatives, like tooth-colored brackets and wires, or Invisalign clear aligners. While the term orthodontics is a relatively recent development, the concept of purposely moving teeth to improve a mouth’s function has been pondered and practiced since ancient history. Your Lake Worth orthodontist, Dr. Ciro Cabal, offers a brief glimpse at the history of orthodontics, and how it became a discipline all its own.

The Progression of Orthodontics

  • Thinking about straight teeth? You’re not alone. In fact, two of history’s greatest thinkers and philosophers, Hippocrates and Aristotle, provided discourses on ways to straighten teeth and fix other dental problems. They also ruminated on dental health’s importance to overall physical wellbeing.
  • According to archaeological finds, ancient Romans and Etruscans often bound crooked teeth with gold wire. Apparently, the concept of cosmetics had partly extended to dental work, though the gold was likely more functional than aesthetic.
  • Two books published in in the mid-18th century, Pierre Fauchard’s “The Surgeon Dentist” and Etienne Bourdet’s “The Dentist’s Art,” contained chapters dedicated to teeth alignment and appliances that can straighten them. Both men are often accredited as the fathers of modern orthodontics.
  • As the first dental specialty board, the American Board of Orthodontics was formed in 1929. As a side note, the stainless steel used for metal braces wasn’t generally accepted until the 1960s. In the 1970s, direct bonding of brackets to teeth revolutionized the idea of orthodontics, replacing previous models that wrapped around each tooth.

Seek the Expertise of Your Lake Worth Orthodontist

To learn about modern orthodontics and the many options we offer to help restore your smile’s beauty and function, call Lake Country Orthodontics today at (817) 236-7846 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Ciro Cabal. Located in the 76179 area, our Ft. Worth orthodontist’s office proudly welcomes families from Azle, Saginaw, Springtown, Weatherford, Haslet, Ft. Worth, and all surrounding communities.

Saginaw Orthodontist Answers FAQs About Invisalign

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According to a recent Kelton Research study, people with beautiful, even smiles are considered both more attractive and successful. A beautiful smile boosts confidence and helps make a great first impression. Unfortunately, dental misalignment often hinders the appearance of a person’s smile, causing crooked or crowded teeth. In order to correct misalignment, Lake Country Orthodontics offers treatment with Invisalign clear braces. In today’s blog, your Saginaw orthodontist, Dr. Ciro Cabal, explains how Invisalign provides practically invisible smile correction.

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Ft. Worth Orthodontist Offers a Fun Quiz on TMJ

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Do you find yourself experiencing frequent headaches or jaw pain? These are both common symptoms of a widespread medical disorder known as TMJ. Patients with TMJ may have difficulty opening their mouths or may even experience discomfort when yawning. In fact, over ten million Americans currently suffer from TMJ disorder. In today’s blog, your Ft. Worth dentist, Dr. Ciro Cabal, uses a fun and informative quiz to discuss treatment options for TMJ.

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Ft. Worth Orthodontist: The Truth About Crooked Teeth

x-ray of straight teethAs an orthodontist in Ft. Worth, Dr. Ciro Cabal specializes in the helping you maintain the delicate balance that your smile requires to operate properly (and look its best). Known as occlusion, the manner in which your teeth fit together has a significant influence on your oral health. If teeth are crooked (malocclusion), then the imbalance can cause excessive pressure on some or all of your teeth, leading to a host of dental health issues if not successfully treated. Today, we explore common forms of malocclusion, and the consequences of neglecting to straighten crooked teeth.

Diagnosing Malocclusion

To many people, crooked teeth are crooked teeth, period. The truth, however, is that your teeth can grow crooked in a number of ways, and determining the exact nature of your crooked teeth will largely determine your course of treatment. Some of the more common forms of malocclusion include an overbite (when your upper teeth extend too far beyond your lower teeth); an underbite (your lower teeth extend in front of your upper teeth); and a crossbite (when one or several teeth grow at an angle, instead of vertically). (more…)

Plan & Pack School Lunches for Your Braces-Wearing Child

As the new school year begins, so too do the annual stresses of ensuring that your children have everything they need to succeed, and stay healthy in the process. If one or more of your children wear braces, then those preparations should include preemptive dental visits and an orthodontic checkup. Your Ft. Worth orthodontist also advises planning your children’s school lunches ahead of time, taking into account the special considerations that accompany eating with braces. To help make the start of the school year a little less hectic, Dr. Cabal offers this advice for planning and packing lunches for your braces-wearing children.

Nutrition for Your Child’s Smile

You probably already know that sugar is no friend to anyone’s smile, and if your child wears braces, common sweet snacks such as candy, cookies, and cakes can stay wedged between brackets, wires, and teeth. The longer sugar remains, the more it can fuel oral bacteria to produce tooth-decaying acid. Instead of sugar, make sure your children’s lunches consist of adequate tooth-strengthening nutrients and minerals, including calcium, phosphate, and vitamin D. Milk and sugar-free yogurt are excellent sources for these minerals, as are chicken, beef, and turkey (especially in lunchmeat form to make chewing easier). (more…)

The 3 Things You Need to Know About Invisalign Clear Braces

number 3When adults need to straighten crooked teeth, discretion is usually paramount. Luckily, you have numerous options for adult braces other than the traditional metal variety, which, against the backdrop of your white teeth, are the antithesis of discretion. With their booming popularity, you’ve likely heard of Invisalign clear braces, and how they’ve revolutionized the approach to straightening teeth. However, how do you know if Invisalign clear braces are right for you? Your Ft. Worth orthodontist, Dr. Ciro Cabal, outlines three important facts about clear braces that make them the ideal option for the image-conscious orthodontic patient.

Clear braces are…well, clear

Tooth-colored brackets and wires are a popular discrete orthodontic option, but still require brackets and wires that can be seen during a relatively close inspection. As their name suggests, however, clear braces are translucent, designed to fit snugly and invisibly over your teeth for optimal discretion. (more…)

A Breakdown of TMJ Disorder, with Your Ft. Worth Orthodontist

jaw hurtsAs an orthodontist in Ft. Worth, Dr. Cabal understands the importance of function when it comes to your mouth’s good health. In fact, orthodontics is a specialized field that focuses on your mouth’s occlusion to maintain and improve its function. When the components that operate your mouth aren’t healthy and perfectly aligned, your jaw’s joints and muscles can become inflamed, damaged, and/or misaligned. Today, we take a close look at the condition that results from bite imbalance and hinders your mouth’s function—TMJ disorder.

What are Your Temporomandibular Joints?

While most people are familiar with the teeth and gums that comprise the majority of your smile, fewer people are aware of the components that move their mouths, such as the joints upon which your jaw moves. Known as the temporomandibular joints, or TMJs, your jaw’s joints connect your lower jaw to the temporal bones in your skull and are located just in front of each ear. When your bite is imbalanced, such as from crooked teeth, excessive stress and pressure can damage these joints, leading to sometimes-debilitating discomfort and difficulty moving your jaw. (more…)

Improve Your Smile Discretely with Clear Braces in Ft. Worth

girl hiding her smileIn our last article, we explained why your teeth should be straight, and why ignoring crooked teeth can be a bad idea for your overall oral health. As an experienced orthodontist in Ft. Worth, Dr. Ciro Cabal offers a variety of orthodontic treatments to help you find the perfect balance in your smile. If confidence is as important a factor as function in straightening your crooked teeth, then you may benefit from Invisalign clear braces—the adult alternative to conventional orthodontic treatment.

Increased Confidence from the Start

If your main goal for straightening your teeth is to improve your smile’s confidence and appeal, then you may not feel too keenly about wearing conspicuous metal brackets and wires for a couple of years, even though the end result would be near-perfection. With Invisalign clear braces, which Dr. Cabal may recommend for most patients, you can immediately feel more confident knowing that you’re actively correcting your crooked teeth without announcing your treatment to the world. Instead of brackets and wires, clear braces are actually a series of clear acrylic aligners, each of which can be removed and replaced with the next in the series. (more…)