Things You Should Know Before Getting Your Braces

2021-12-14T19:26:10+00:00December 7th, 2021|Categories: Orthodontics, Tips|Tags: , , , |

For the longest time, braces were only worn by the awkward kids in school and were a target of everyone else’s jokes. But as with everything else, the allure of braces has grown tremendously in recent years, thanks to technological advances that not only made them more effective but also allowed the introduction of “cool” features like fun band colors and customizable patterns.  Other functional inventions like clear brace aligners have also made it possible for adults to wear braces without fear of stigma. In today’s world, braces are cool, very effective, and can be worn by everyone. But before you book a visit to your orthodontist, there are a [...]

What is the Ideal Age For Braces?

2021-12-14T19:24:32+00:00November 2nd, 2021|Categories: Orthodontics, Tips|Tags: , , |

Many parents only think about getting braces for their children when it becomes obvious that their teeth are crooked. However, waiting until these signs are visible (usually around the ages of 9-12), means that you miss out on a number of not-so-obvious problems that may also require braces.  Generally, kids orthodontists recommend taking your child for an orthodontic evaluation when they are around 6 or 7 years old, even before all their teeth mature. At this age, problems like teeth crowding, missing teeth, misalignments, spaces, and weak bites are easily identifiable and corrected, whether through braces or other oral devices. Further, these early evaluations help the dentist to determine other [...]

What are the Medical Benefits of Braces?

2021-10-18T18:11:10+00:00September 13th, 2021|Categories: Dental, Orthodontics, Tips|Tags: , , , |

In modern times, braces have become a common solution for misaligned teeth. However, apart from straightening teeth and providing beautiful smiles, there are plenty of health benefits that teenagers and adults alike can derive from wearing braces. These include: Improved Bite While braces are commonly worn to fix crooked teeth, they are also effective when it comes to correcting a poorly aligned bite. A ‘bite’ is a dental term that describes the manner in which the upper and lower teeth fit together. The presence of gaps in your mouth due to missing teeth or misaligned teeth can make the process of chewing a lot harder. In more severe cases, a [...]

How Oral Health Affects Your Heart Health

2021-12-14T19:23:14+00:00July 6th, 2021|Categories: Orthodontics, Tips|Tags: , , |

The link between oral health and heart health is often not understood by the common person. However, research has shown that the two are very closely related. According to the American Heart Association, brushing your teeth at least twice a day can significantly reduce the probability of cardiovascular diseases. In a recent study, researchers who observed the oral hygiene habits of 682 people found that individuals who did not brush their teeth at least twice a day had a significantly higher risk of contracting cardiovascular diseases than subjects who maintained a much stricter oral hygiene regimen. So, what’s the connection between oral hygiene and heart health? Read on to find [...]

Does My Child Really Need Braces?

2021-05-18T02:20:16+00:00May 11th, 2021|Categories: Orthodontics, Tips|Tags: , , , |

Braces are the most popular and effective way of aligning and straightening crooked teeth in kids. But they're also quite costly and somewhat uncomfortable. So, when the dentist recommends braces for your child, it is understandable that you may be reluctant to get them. If you're unsure of whether or not to acquire braces for your kid, look out for the following signs: Chewing Difficulties  If your child finds it difficult to chew their food, they may indeed be in need of braces as crooked or misaligned teeth tend to cause this problem. You, however, need to schedule a meeting with a kid's orthodontist to make sure the problem isn't [...]

Common Problems with Metal Braces

2021-04-15T20:33:59+00:00April 15th, 2021|Categories: Orthodontics|Tags: , , , , |

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, more than four million Americans wear braces. People have been wearing the metal dental braces we know today for over a century ago. They still remain popular even with the current alternatives, which include Invisalign. People who wear braces may experience discomfort in their mouth including when the braces break or become loose. However, most of the problems have home remedies for relief while others might need the attention of your family dentist.  Below, we look at common problems people with metal dental braces face and how best to fix them. Soreness After getting metal braces, you may experience soreness for a few [...]

Reasons Why Your Kid’s Permanent Teeth Aren’t Coming In

2021-03-23T02:07:50+00:00March 23rd, 2021|Categories: Dental, Orthodontics, Tips|Tags: , |

Parents love it when their children grow healthily. One of the phases that signal a child’s growth is the loss of baby tooth.  After the tooth loss, comes the wait for shiny new permanent teeth. Most often than not, the tooth usually pops within the expected timeline.  Nonetheless, there are cases where the tooth takes too long to come out. In such cases, parents are left wondering why their child's permanent teeth aren't coming out.  Well, you shouldn't fuss too much about your child's permanent teeth not showing up. This situation is perfectly normal and can be a result of several factors. Here is a look at some of them: [...]

7 Easy Ways to Reduce Braces Pain

2020-12-12T08:22:34+00:00December 12th, 2020|Categories: Orthodontics, Tips|Tags: , , |

If your child has visibly crooked teeth or they are frequently biting their tongue due to misaligned teeth, then it’s high time you considered getting them dental braces from your local orthodontist. These dental devices can help restore your child’s beautiful smile by aligning and straightening crooked teeth back to their rightful position. They are designed to fix bad bites and improve overall dental health. Nevertheless, wearing braces is not the most comfortable experience. Your orthodontist may have to adjust, tighten, bend, or even replace the metal wires to ensure that the teeth are aligning toward the correct target positions.  With added pressure on the gums and teeth, your child [...]

Can Kids Get Straight Teeth Without Braces

2020-05-07T22:19:24+00:00April 14th, 2020|Categories: Orthodontics|Tags: , , , , |

Braces among children have become so common that they've turned into some form of right of passage. And while some parents may choose to get their kids braced for cosmetic reasons, most of the time it is necessitated by a dental problem. Orthodontists - specialists in teeth alignment procedures - recommend braces as a way of treating misaligned teeth. To that end, we can say that braces are very effective in the long term. Nonetheless, not all children can comfortably wear braces for the recommended amount of time, since their bodies may be resistant to foreign objects. These kids may experience slight pain and discomfort, and varying levels of stress [...]

The Medical Benefits of Braces

2020-05-07T23:39:05+00:00October 3rd, 2019|Categories: Orthodontics|Tags: , , , , , |

When most people think of braces, the first thing that comes to mind is the important role they play in correcting crooked teeth. While braces are mainly used to fix misaligned teeth, there are many more medical benefits that one can enjoy by getting braces.  How do I know if I Need Braces? Dentists usually recommend braces for a wide variety of reasons. You may need to get braces if : Your teeth look crowded and misaligned You jaw makes noises or shifts in some places You experience discomfort when chewing due to crooked teeth You are constantly biting the side of your mouth due to misaligned teeth You experience [...]