An overbite can occur for several reasons. Lack of jaw space to accommodate large teeth can contribute to an overbite. The consistent use of a pacifier or habitual thumb sucking places pressure on the roof of the mouth and the upper front teeth, and as a child grows this action forces those teeth out creating an overbite. Once this tooth formation occurs, the likely solution will be dental braces.
Any habit that puts pressure on the front teeth consistently can result in protruding teeth, so awareness and an effort to break the habit are critical to the success of any treatment. Your dentist can provide the optimum advice and treatment solutions.
Adolescents and adults alike are very fortunate to be able to straighten out an overbite with Invisalign clear soft plastic aligners. There are many advantages to straightening teeth with Invisalign including:
We are constantly bombarded through television, Internet, social media, friends, and family about new products that will improve our quality of life. A lot of what we hear, read about and see is propaganda designed to appeal to the human sensibilities that impact our appearance, whether it’s hair, clothes, accessories, even the cars we drive. Dental health is seldom considered a hot topic, but if the general public was aware of the many aspects of dentistry that could save time and money while enhancing overall good health, there might be more conversation.
Dental health is not just about the toothpaste that will whiten the best or the mouthwash that provides a “minty fresh breath.”
From the time those first baby teeth come in, formulating good oral hygiene habits is a goal that will serve a child well into adulthood:
It is true that some dental traits may be inherited from our ancestors. And if there is a history of gum disease or dental decay in your family, the good news is the cycle can be broken. Vigilant hygiene care and consistent visits to the dentist are the means that offer the best path to healthy teeth and gums.
Genetic factors that are beyond our control include jaw space, teeth size, and dental malformations. From birth defects to oral issues that are not immediately evident, parents should monitor their child’s oral development and consult their dentist for any conditions that appear abnormal.
Quite often if one or both parents wore braces due to a malocclusion, their offspring is likely to face the same fate. A visit to consult with an orthodontist will help identify potential issues.
One of the more predominant genetic dental issues relates to gum disease. Being proactive …
The loss of one or more teeth due to an accident, tooth decay, or dental disease is never easy to accept. Your implant dentist can explain how this loss can be remedied, and allow you to return to eating the foods you love, speak with confidence, and smile without hesitation.
With tooth loss, the patient is faced with multiple concerns:
When infants are born, although they can’t yet be seen, their teeth have already been forming in the womb. At around six months of age, the first of an anticipated total of twenty “baby” teeth will start to emerge through gum tissue. As teeth come in, it is important to observe some basic rules to keep teeth and gum tissue healthy including the first visit to see the family dentist around the child’s first birthday.
There are a multitude of symptoms that might lead a person to believe they are suffering from TMJ Disorder (Temporamandibular Joint Disorder).
Discomfort in the neck, head, jaw or ear can result if you are clenching or grinding your teeth (usually subconsciously during sleep). Additionally, dental decay, gum disease, ear infection, sinus infection, allergies or anything that impacts those muscles above the neck can result in multiple possibilities that could lead to TMJ Disorder.
An actual diagnosis of TMJ Disorder will follow testing to rule out other problems. Patients suffering from it are dealing with inflammation of the muscles and joints just in front of the ears. The TMJ is the joint that allows the jaw to move up and down as well as side to side. Eating, speaking, smiling, laughing, crying, yawning … each of these actions can put a lot of pressure on those joints.
With TMJ, patients …
Not everyone is fortunate enough to enjoy bright, white teeth. Genetics, aging, medication, irregular or insufficient daily hygiene habits, smoking/tobacco use and diet can all contribute to dull or stained teeth. There are many ways to overcome a dull smile, and a consultation with your cosmetic dentist will outline your best options, from whitening procedures to a more permanent solution like dental veneers.
In-office teeth whitening can lighten teeth up to eight shades in one visit. With Zoom in-office teeth whitening, your dental provider has access to the most powerful whitening agents available; trained staff; and the equipment needed to ensure a great result in one appointment. Touch-up kits are available for subsequent at home treatment as needed.
Intrinsic stains due to fluorosis, medications or those too stubborn to be removed during a standard cleaning by the hygienist, may better be treated with veneers. Veneers are very thin shells that …
Invisalign aligners have become an alternative to braces for those people looking to straighten their crooked smile. While traditional braces use unsightly metal supports and rails across a patient’s teeth, Invisalign offers a near-invisible solution.
For those self-conscious about showing off their smile, wearing braces might make those people feel even worse, so a dentist might recommend Invisalign treatment as an alternative.
Invisalign involves the use of a series of clear aligners that have been specifically mapped by the dentist to target the realignment of specific teeth at specific times to achieve the desired end result. Each aligner is worn by the patient for a period of approximately two weeks and each one slowly alters the position and alignment of teeth towards the end goal of a perfectly aligned smile.
One of the real advantages of Invisalign treatment is that the patient can see the end result of the treatment …
Plaque is a by-product left behind on our teeth as a result of the bacteria inside our mouths. Plaque is created by bacteria in our mouths digesting left-behind fragments of food on our teeth.
As the bacteria digest the food, the process creates plaque – a clear, sticky substance that if left on our teeth can lead to a range of dental problems. Many of the day-to-day cases that those in the dental profession see can be attributed to the build-up of plaque, often as a result of poor dental hygiene.
Plaque is a highly acidic substance; our teeth will never be totally rid of plaque, no matter how hard or often we clean our teeth, and plaque left to build up will slowly erode the enamel of our teeth, creating cavities. Plaque can also harden into a substance known as tartar which is much more difficult to treat; tartar …
For anyone whose teeth might look a little tired, perhaps through damage to their teeth or discoloration, they might understandably be a little hesitant to smile. Advances in cosmetic dentistry, however, can allow any smile to be restored to a near perfect finish and treatments like tooth whitening and dental veneers have become commonplace.
Teeth that are damaged, chipped or worn can be concealed using dental veneers; these are small, thin shells that a cosmetic dentist shapes and fits atop a patient’s existing tooth to restore the tooth’s appearance. Veneers can be shaded to match the person’s existing tooth color and are a great way to correct crooked smiles, close off gaps between teeth, or to conceal heavily discolored teeth that may not be treatable through conventional teeth whitening solutions.
Heavily damaged or cracked teeth can be concealed using dental crowns. This involves the use of porcelain caps that covers …