Posts for tag: orthodontics
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.”
Orthodontic treatment has become somewhat of a rite of passage for teenagers everywhere. However, adults can also benefit from wearing braces. Unfortunately, many adults avoid treatment due to having to wear metal brackets and wires on their teeth throughout treatment. Luckily, Invisalign can straighten your smile and correct your bite issues without being visible to those around you. Learn more about Invisalign with Abington Dental Arts in Clarks Summit, PA.
Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces
Invisalign’s biggest advantage over traditional braces is their design. The clear, sturdy aligner trays are not noticeable to those around you at first glance. Unlike traditional metal braces, which require your dentist to permanently place metal brackets and wires onto your teeth throughout treatment, Invisalign is removable, allowing you to take it out to eat and brush your teeth. This important factor helps keep your teeth clean and decreases the chance of decay-causing plaque and tartar buildup since you can easily reach all of the areas of your mouth. Invisalign’s removable nature also means you can eat the foods you love without needing to worry about it becoming stuck in your braces.
What does Invisalign treat?
Though it does so using a different method, Invisalign treats the same issues as traditional braces. The aligner trays, worn one after another until the patient reaches the end of the series, places pressure onto the teeth to move them into their correct positions. This process can correct many orthodontic issues, including:
- misaligned or “crooked” teeth
- under crowding
- uneven teeth
- cross bite
- open bite
Invisalign Treatment in Clarks Summit, PA
If you think you could benefit from Invisalign, you should consult with your dentist to determine if this is the right course of treatment for you. A physical examination will help your dentist gather information about the state of your teeth, what kind of treatment they require, and how best to design your Invisalign experience.
For more information on Invisalign, please contact Dr. Jeffrey Bell, Dr. Dale Collins and Dr. Amy Cravath at Abington Dental Arts in Clarks Summit, PA. Call (570) 586-1411 to schedule your appointment for an Invisalign consultation today!
There is never really a good time to get braces. Even teenagers, who probably have several classmates and friends with braces and are of peak orthodontics age, will probably need some degree of convincing from their parents and dentist. But alignment and bite problems can affect anyone, and unlike acne and questionable fashion choices, will not stay behind in the teenage years. If left untreated, orthodontic problems persist into adulthood, at the risk of becoming worse over time.
Invisalign in Clarks Summit
Improved decision-making abilities notwithstanding, many adults and older adolescents can be understandably reluctant to consider orthodontic work if it means spending two years wearing traditional metallic braces. With so much more at stake, the cons of getting braces - getting food stuck in the wires, giving up favorite foods, and the social embarrassment - hardly seem worth the risk for many people. But thanks to Invisalign clear plastic aligner trays, it is no longer necessary for people to choose between the structural integrity of their teeth and their pride and social life.
How does it work?
The dentists at Abington Dental Arts PC in Clarks Summit design a series of custom-made Invisalign aligner trays for each patient. Each tray is typically worn for two weeks and then switched out for the next in the series as the teeth slowly begin to shift into the desired position. Worn for up to 22 hours every day, the trays can be removed to eat, drink, and brush and floss. In addition to being discreet and unobtrusive, Invisalign trays allow users to continue practicing their normal oral hygiene routine and diets and are generally worn for a shorter period of time than traditional braces. Healthy adults and teenagers who can commit to wearing the trays for the required amount of time each day are generally good candidates for Invisalign.
Dentist in Clarks Summit
Straighter teeth are finally within reach with Invisalign. For more information, contact Abington Dental Arts PC by calling (570) 586-1411 to schedule an appointment today.
Magician Michael Grandinetti mystifies and astonishes audiences with his sleight of hand and mastery of illusion. But when he initially steps onto the stage, it’s his smile that grabs the attention. “The first thing… that an audience notices is your smile; it’s what really connects you as a person to them,” Michael told an interviewer.
He attributes his audience-pleasing smile to several years of orthodontic treatment as a teenager to straighten misaligned teeth, plus a lifetime of good oral care. “I’m so thankful that I did it,” he said about wearing orthodontic braces. “It was so beneficial. And… looking at the path I’ve chosen, it was life-changing.”
Orthodontics — the dental subspecialty focused on treating malocclusions (literally “bad bites”) — can indeed make life-changing improvements. Properly positioned teeth are integral to the aesthetics of any smile, and a smile that’s pleasing to look at boosts confidence and self-esteem and makes a terrific first impression. Studies have even linked having an attractive smile with greater professional success.
There can also be functional benefits such as improved biting/chewing and speech, and reduced strain on jaw muscles and joints. Additionally, well-aligned teeth are easier to clean and less likely to trap food particles that can lead to decay.
The Science Behind the Magic
There are more options than ever for correcting bites, but all capitalize on the fact that teeth are suspended in individual jawbone sockets by elastic periodontal ligaments that enable them to move. Orthodontic appliances (commonly called braces or clear aligners) place light, controlled forces on teeth in a calculated fashion to move them into their new desired alignment.
The “gold standard” in orthodontic treatment remains the orthodontic band for posterior (back) teeth and the bonded bracket for front teeth. Thin, flexible wires threaded through the brackets create the light forces needed for repositioning. Traditionally the brackets have been made of metal, but for those concerned about the aesthetics, they can also be made out of a clear material. Lingual braces, which are bonded to the back of teeth instead of the front, are another less visible option. The most discrete appliance is the removable clear aligner, which consists of a progression of custom-made clear trays that reposition teeth incrementally.
How’s that for a disappearing act?!
If you would like more information about orthodontic treatment please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the subject by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Magic of 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?”