Posts for tag: braces
Fans of the primetime TV show The Middle were delighted to see that high school senior Sue, played by Eden Sher, finally got her braces off at the start of Season 6. But since this popular sitcom wouldn’t be complete without some slapstick comedy, this happy event is not without its trials and tribulations: The episode ends with Sue’s whole family diving into a dumpster in search of the teen’s lost retainer. Sue finds it in the garbage and immediately pops it in her mouth. But wait — it doesn’t fit, it’s not even hers!
If you think this scenario is far-fetched, guess again. OK, maybe the part about Sue not washing the retainer upon reclaiming it was just a gag (literally and figuratively), but lost retainers are all too common. Unfortunately, they’re also expensive to replace — so they need to be handled with care. What’s the best way to do that? Retainers should be brushed daily with a soft toothbrush and liquid soap (dish soap works well), and then placed immediately back in your mouth or into the case that came with the retainer. When you are eating a meal at a restaurant, do not wrap your retainer in a napkin and leave it on the table — this is a great way to lose it! Instead, take the case with you, and keep the retainer in it while you’re eating. When you get home, brush your teeth and then put the retainer back in your mouth.
If you do lose your retainer though, let us know right away. Retention is the last step of your orthodontic treatment, and it’s extremely important. You’ve worked hard to get a beautiful smile, and no one wants to see that effort wasted. Yet if you neglect to wear your retainer as instructed, your teeth are likely to shift out of position. Why does this happen?
As you’ve seen firsthand, teeth aren’t rigidly fixed in the jaw — they can be moved in response to light and continuous force. That’s what orthodontic appliances do: apply the right amount of force in a carefully controlled manner. But there are other forces at work on your teeth that can move them in less predictable ways. For example, normal biting and chewing can, over time, cause your teeth to shift position. To get teeth to stay where they’ve been moved orthodontically, new bone needs to form around them and anchor them where they are. That will happen over time, but only if they are held in place with a retainer. That’s why it is so important to wear yours as directed — and notify us immediately if it gets lost.
And if ever you do have to dig your retainer out of a dumpster… be sure to wash it before putting in in your mouth!
If you would like more information on retainers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Importance of Orthodontic Retainers” and “Why Orthodontic Retainers?”
Straightening your smile with orthodontic care is a huge step forward for the functionality of your smile and, for many people, boosting your confidence. With options like Invisalign — which is almost invisible to others — you can discreetly rejuvenate your smile and renew your appearance. Are you a good candidate for Invisalign? Dr. Mark Kedzierski in Melbourne, FL can help you look into your orthodontic options and determine which treatment is best for you and your teeth.
What is Invisalign?
Like traditional braces, Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that focuses on straightening the teeth and correcting bite issues. However, Invisalign does not use traditional metal brackets and wires to repair the smile’s imperfections. Instead, patients wear a series of virtually unnoticeable clear plastic aligner trays for a more discreet treatment.
Is Invisalign effective?
Invisalign treats the same orthodontic issues as traditional braces. They are considered to be on par with metal braces in most cases. Patients use Invisalign to correct their common orthodontic issues, including:
- Misaligned teeth.
- Uneven teeth.
Am I a good candidate for Invisalign?
A good candidate for Invisalign is over the age of 12 and has a strong at-home oral care routine. Younger patients may not yet qualify for orthodontic treatment due to their still-growing mouths and jaws. However, some young patients may benefit from early intervention, making a consultation with their orthodontist an important aspect of making the decision to move forward with braces. A good at-home care routine keeps the teeth healthy and free from decay during treatment.
Invisalign Treatments in Melbourne, FL
If you think you can benefit from Invisalign, consult with your dentist at an examination to determine that this is the best treatment for you. If you show signs of decay or gum disease, your dentist will treat those issues prior to considering you for orthodontic care. Additionally, they may also need to perform some other preliminary procedures prior to suggesting braces.
For more information on Invisalign and if you are a good candidate for this orthodontic procedure, please contact Dr. Mark Kedzierski in Melbourne, FL. Call (321) 254-0306 to schedule your appointment for a consultation today!
Mayim Bialik has spent a good part of her life in front of TV cameras: first as the child star of the hit comedy series Blossom, and more recently as Sheldon Cooper’s love interest — a nerdy neuroscientist — on The Big Bang Theory. (In between, she actually earned a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA…but that’s another story.) As a child, Bialik had a serious overbite — but with all her time on camera, braces were just not an option.
“I never had braces,” she recently told Dear Doctor – Dentistry & Oral Health magazine. “I was on TV at the time, and there weren’t a lot of creative solutions for kids who were on TV.” Instead, her orthodontist managed to straighten her teeth using retainers and headgear worn only at night.
Today, there are several virtually invisible options available to fix orthodontic issues — and you don’t have to be a child star to take advantage of them. In fact, both children and adults can benefit from these unobtrusive appliances.
Tooth colored braces are just like traditional metal braces, with one big difference: The brackets attached to teeth are made from a ceramic material that blends in with the natural color of teeth. All that’s visible is the thin archwire that runs horizontally across the teeth — and from a distance it’s hard to notice. Celebs like Tom Cruise and Faith Hill opted for this type of appliance.
Clear aligners are custom-made plastic trays that fit over the teeth. Each one, worn for about two weeks, moves the teeth just a bit; after several months, you’ll see a big change for the better in your smile. Best of all, clear aligners are virtually impossible to notice while you’re wearing them — which you’ll need to do for 22 hours each day. But you can remove them to eat, or for special occasions. Zac Efron and Katherine Heigl, among others, chose to wear clear aligners.
Lingual braces really are invisible. That’s because they go behind your teeth (on the tongue side), where they can’t be seen; otherwise they are similar to traditional metal braces. Lingual braces are placed on teeth differently, and wearing them often takes some getting used to at first. But those trade-offs are worth it for plenty of people. Which celebs wore lingual braces? Rumor has it that the list includes some top models, a well-known pop singer, and at least one British royal.
So what’s the best way to straighten your teeth and keep the orthodontic appliances unnoticeable? Just ask us! We’d be happy to help you choose the option that’s just right for you. You’ll get an individualized evaluation, a solution that fits your lifestyle — and a great-looking smile!
For more information about hard-to-see (or truly invisible) orthodontics, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Orthodontics for the Older Adult” and “Clear Aligners for Teenagers.”
Orthodontics relies on certain mechanics in the mouth to move teeth to better positions. As the specialty has advanced, we've become ever more precise in moving teeth with braces, the “workhorse” of orthodontics, and other specialized appliances and techniques.
But although cooperating effectively with the mouth's natural ability for tooth movement is crucial for success, there's another aspect to consider if that success will be long-term: the growth and development of oral and facial structure. And not just development during childhood and adolescence: indeed, facial structure continues to change throughout a lifetime, including the senior years. Research has shown that although the rate of growth slows over time, it doesn't stop even for someone 80 years or older.
Our emerging understanding in this area has had an important impact on how and when we perform orthodontic treatment. As we develop a treatment strategy for an individual patient we consider not only the immediate outcome of a treatment, but also how it may change their facial appearance in the future. By taking continuing facial growth into consideration, we're more likely to achieve a new smile appearance that remains attractive later in life.
A key factor is to be sure we're initiating treatments at appropriate ages. We may detect developing bite problems as early as age 6, which might prompt preventive treatment at that time to diminish or even eliminate the problem. But it may also be prudent to wait on full-scale orthodontic treatment until late childhood or puberty. Furthermore, some form of orthodontic treatment might need to continue into early adulthood to ensure the most optimal outcome.
By taking a longer view of the treatment process, we're better able to work within the natural growth and development taking place now and in the future. As a result, a person is more likely to enjoy an attractive and youthful appearance even in their later years.
If you would like more information on aging factors for cosmetic enhancement, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Understanding Aging Makes Beauty Timeless.”
Want to know more about clear braces from your Melbourne, FL, dentist
Wearing clear braces is an excellent option for older teenagers and adults. This brace type is discreet, no wires and brackets necessary. Dr. Mark Kedzierski can help you!
More About Clear Braces:
Clear braces gently move teeth into their proper position. Your Melbourne dentist orders a series of custom aligner trays, which you'll need to wear the clear aligners 20 to 22 hours per day.
You can take them off when brushing and flossing your teeth, and to also clean the aligners themselves. You can take your braces off during special events, like job interviews, weddings, or any other casual party, but that's unnecessary since no one can see them.
Advantages of Clear Braces:
There are several advantages to wearing clear aligners:
- Clear braces are transparent, so no one will notice them
- They don't alter or inhibit speech like wired braces
- Clear braces are removable, which makes cleaning them easy
- Trays fit snugly over teeth, which makes them comfortable
- Your food choices are not limited, so you can enjoy eating apples, or sticky food, like taffy
It is necessary to remove braces while eating. Make sure you maintain a healthy dental regimen. Brush your teeth twice a day, and floss at least once before bed. This will remove plaque and food debris. Visiting your doctor for a biannual cleaning also helps protect your dental health.
If you are interested in knowing whether you're a candidate for clear aligner braces, then call Dr. Mark Kedzierski, your Melbourne, FL, dentist at (321) 254-0306.