Sneaky Seeds Can Be A Smile Problem

Sneaky Seeds Can Be A Smile ProblemIf you have ever had an ‘everything’ bagel, then you might understand how easily seeds can get stuck in your teeth. Seeds happen to be in your fruit, bread, yogurt parfait, granola bar, etc. Most seeds are full of nutrients and are generally considered healthy for you. While seeds are beneficial to your health, which is ultimately beneficial to your smile, the tiny, sneaky seeds can be problematic for your oral health. Tiny seeds may go unnoticed when you eat, which means they may go unnoticed if they get stuck in your teeth. Some seeds may be small, but could be large enough to damage the enamel of your teeth when bitten down on.  (more…)

Keep Track Of Your Invisalign® Aligners

Keep Track Of Your Invisalign® AlignersInvisalign® clear aligners can and should be removed from your smile when you eat, drink, brush, floss, etc. This benefit adds to your convenience and also allows your smile to stay cleaner than with traditional braces. However, this benefit does come with responsibility. For the most efficient treatment possible, it is recommended that you wear your aligners for at least 22 hours a day. Being able to remove your clear aligner whenever you want means that you need to need to be able to put it back in as soon as possible. With busy, hectic lives, keeping track of one more thing can be an added challenge. We have some tips and advice that may help you keep track of your Invisalign® clear aligners. (more…)

Understanding The Types Of Malocclusion

Understanding The Types Of MalocclusionOcclusion is the position of the teeth when the jaw is closed. ‘Mal’ is a prefix meaning ‘bad’ or ‘wrong.’ Therefore, malocclusion is the bad positioning of the biting surfaces of the upper and lower teeth. The bad bite created by malocclusion can lead to crooked, crowded, protruding teeth, gum problems, temporomandibular joint disorder (commonly known as TMJ), and chronic headaches. People with normal occlusion have a bite that with matching points of the molars of each set of teeth fit the grooves of the molars of the other set. There are different types of malocclusion that require different types of treatment(more…)

Does Sparkling Water Affect My Smile?

Does Sparkling Water Affect My Smile?Sparkling water, especially flavored sparkling water, is very popular right now. The drink has become a choice for those that want to get the bubbles of soda without the additional sugar. However, it has come into question of whether or not carbonation can weaken your teeth. There have been worries that any carbonation, including sparkling water, has a higher level of acidity. Acidity can lead to attacks on the outer layer of your teeth known as enamel. The important question to ask: does sparkling water have enough acidity to negatively affect your smile(more…)

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…)