Posts for tag: orthodontics
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?”
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.
Committing to straightening your teeth and correcting your bite issues with orthodontic treatment often means also committing to wearing cumbersome metal braces for an extended period of time. However, if wearing the obvious metal wires and brackets holds you back from orthodontic treatment, you have other, more discreet options. With Invisalign, you can get a beautiful, straight smile and properly align your bite without the hassle of metal braces. Find out more about Invisalign with Dr. Mark Kedzierski in Melbourne, FL.
What can Invisalign do for me?
Invisalign treats the same issues as traditional orthodontic treatment. While some very severe cases may require traditional braces, almost every patient requiring orthodontic treatment can achieve their desired results with Invisalign. Invisalign treats many issues, including:
- misaligned teeth
- overcrowded (overlapped) teeth
- under crowded (gapped) teeth
- open bite
- uneven teeth
How is Invisalign different from traditional braces?
Thanks to Invisalign’s design, it is completely removable. During traditional orthodontic treatment, your dentist places metal brackets and wires onto your teeth which remain there until your treatment comes to an end. Invisalign's aligner trays fit right into the mouth and secure themselves around the teeth. Since each aligner tray is customized to your specific treatment, they are comfortable and easy to wear. In addition to their materials making them comfortable, the aligner trays’ plastic makeup also makes them clear, virtually invisible to those around you. This allows you to straighten your smile without compromising your look.
Invisalign Treatment in Melbourne, FL
Invisalign works best for children above the age of 12 and adults. Younger children’s mouths are still forming, which could hinder the Invisalign process, or lengthen treatment time. In some cases, dentists begin treatment at an earlier age to guide the teeth and jaw into position. Patients should understand that they should wear their Invisalign aligner trays at least 22 hours a day or risk The best way to determine if Invisalign is the best orthodontic treatment for you or your child is to consult with your orthodontist at an Invisalign consultation.
For more information on Invisalign, please contact Dr. Mark Kedzierski in Melbourne, FL. Call (321) 254-0306 to schedule an appointment today!
At your child's latest dental visit, you found out one of their primary (“baby”) teeth has become decayed and in danger of loss. Of course, you may think, it's only a primary tooth — it's going to come out sooner or later.
But a primary tooth lost “sooner” rather than “later” can create long-term negative consequences for your child's dental health. For the sake of the future permanent tooth, the best treatment strategy could be to put forth the effort and expense to save it.
Besides its role in eating and chewing, a primary tooth's most important function is as a “trailblazer” for the permanent tooth developing below it. A primary tooth doesn't normally loosen and let go until the new permanent tooth is ready to erupt. Until then they hold the new tooth's space in the jaw.
But if the primary tooth is lost prematurely, nearby teeth can drift into and crowd the space so that the permanent tooth comes in out of position. This can result in a malocclusion, or poor bite.
Depending on the state of your child's jaw development, it may be advisable to attempt saving the tooth through a filling or, in the case of deep decay, a modified root canal treatment. If the tooth can't be saved, then placing an orthodontic appliance known as a space maintainer might be necessary. Cemented to a tooth next to the empty space, this appliance has a looped band of metal that butts against the tooth on the other side of the gap, and prevents both teeth from drifting into the space.
Intervening for a decayed primary tooth can seem a waste of time and money since it has a limited lifespan to begin with. But for the health of its companion permanent tooth, as well as possibly avoiding orthodontic treatment, it could be well worth it for your child's long-term dental health.
If you would like more information on dental care for your child, 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 “Importance of Baby Teeth.”