September 2015

Does your child need to see an orthodontist?

Here are a few things to look for that may mean your child needs to see an orthodontist: Early or late loss of baby teeth A hard time chewing or biting food Mouth breathing Finger or thumb sucking Crowded, misplaced, or blocked teeth Jaws that pop or make sounds when opening and closing.

When is the best time to begin orthodontic treatment?

hough an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but vigilant examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment.

Common Discomforts while wearing Braces

When you first get your braces, you may notice that your teeth and mouth feel a little tender or sore. This is perfectly normal and it will go away soon! To relieve the pain, we recommend dissolving one teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of lukewarm water. Swish and gargle this solution in your mouth for just a couple of minutes (do not swallow the saltwater).

August 2015

What’s an Overbite Again? Ortho Terms Explained

Archwire - A wire engaged in orthodontic attachments, affixed to the crowns of two or more teeth and capable of causing or guiding tooth movement. Band (orthodontic) - A thin metal ring, usually stainless steel, which serves to secure orthodontic attachments to a tooth. The band, with orthodontic attachments welded or soldered to it, is closely adapted to fit the contours of the tooth and then cemented into place. Bracket - An orthodontic attachment that is secured to a tooth (either by bonding or banding) for the purpose of engaging an archwire. Brackets can be fabricated from metal, ceramic or plastic.