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By Dentistry for Midtown
December 06, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces  

You're contemplating orthodontic treatment. You've waited so long for a straight, healthy smile, and now is the time. But, with so many orthodontic options out there, you may be wondering which type of braces is right for you? At Dentistry for Midtown, orthodontics is a treatment option for patients of all ages, and when you visit, Drs. Laura Koch, Sunny Patel, and Andrew Soulimiotis will help you decide on the best path to a new smile!

Why people need braces

While most orthodontic patients in Midtown (and across the country) are children between the ages of 11 and 14, older teens and adults still benefit from treatment, as well. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists says that people may be treated at just about any age for bite, alignment, and jaw problems—for good reason too! These treatments create smiles that more comfortable, healthier, easier to clean, and better looking.

In general, braces work by exerting physical pressures on teeth, moving them into better positions and improving how they come together when you eat, smile, talk, and simply close your mouth. A well-aligned smile reduces earaches, headaches, facial pain, and jaw joint dysfunction (TMJD), while also enabling your teeth to wear more evenly and experience less decay/gum disease.

Common orthodontic problems include:

  • Overbite
  • Crossbite
  • Underbite
  • Openbite
  • Overject (protruding front teeth)
  • Gaps
  • Crowding
  • Tooth tipping
  • Tooth rotation

Your dentist will do a complete oral examination, complete with an X-ray screening and other specialized imaging to diagnose your smile problems and to determine what may help. Treatment with conventional braces (metal, ceramic, or lingual) typically takes 2 to 2-1/2 years or more to complete, and clear aligners, such as Invisalign, take half that. Children often benefit from simple palatal expanders which leverage the fluidity of young jaw bones and make room for proper eruption and alignment of adult teeth.

After completion of your treatment plan, your dentist may recommend you wear a removable or bonded retainer. This appliance keeps your teeth in their new, healthy positions.

Other considerations...

As you contemplate braces, remember that good oral hygiene keeps your teeth and gums healthy during and after orthodontic treatment. Conventional braces require very strict oral hygiene habits and some dietary changes as well. Clear aligners are removable and smooth, cause no real oral irritation, are simple to maintain, and are totally unnoticeable.

Finally, it's important to keep all your progress-check appointments at Dentistry for Midtown so that your treatment plan stays on track. In addition, be sure to get your six-month check-ups and cleanings as usual.

Ready for a consultation?

Learn what braces are right for you! Call Dentistry for Midtown for a consultation appointment with Dr. Koch, Dr. Patel, or Dr. Soulimiotis, and anticipate wonderful results! We have early morning hours for your convenience, just phone (404) 249-1716.

By Dentistry for Midtown
August 13, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   braces  
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Have you started orthodontic treatment recently? Are you having a little trouble getting used to your braces? If so, you are not alone: Everybody goes through an adjustment period during which they momentarily wonder if they’ll really ever get used to this. Don’t worry — you will! And we’ve never heard anyone say, on the day their braces come off and their new smile is revealed, that they aren’t glad they went the distance. Just ask Houston Rockets all-star center Dwight Howard, who discussed his own orthodontic treatment in a recent interview.

“I’m sure I was no different than anyone else who has ever had braces,” he told Mediaplanet. “At first I hated them so much… That changed once I got used to them and I actually grew to love them.” What’s Howard’s advice? “Do exactly what your orthodontist says and know that the outcome is well worth it in the end.” We couldn’t agree more! Here are some tips for wearing braces comfortably:

  • Hard & Chewy Foods: If you love fresh fruits and vegetables, that’s great; there’s no reason to give them up, just the really hard ones. You don’t want to bite into an apple or carrot or any other hard foods like bagels and pizza that have any “size” to them. Small pieces may be ok as long as they can’t bend your wires. Chewy, sticky candy should really be avoided completely. Same with soda, sports drinks and so-called energy drinks because they contain acids that promote tooth decay and can cause a lot of damage around the braces.
  • Effective Oral Hygiene: Keeping your teeth clean is more important than ever, but also more challenging than ever. It’s easy for food to get stuck under wires and around brackets, but failing to remove it can cause tooth decay, gum irritation and soreness. Therefore, the cleaner your teeth and your braces are, the healthier you will be. Use interdental cleaning brushes and/or a floss-threader to get behind your wires. A mouthrinse can also help strengthen teeth and keep bacteria in check. If you have any questions about how to clean between your teeth, please ask for a demonstration at your next visit.
  • Pain Relief: Some soreness at the beginning of orthodontic treatment is normal. To relieve it, you can use an over-the-counter pain reliever and/or a warm washcloth or heating pad placed on the outside of the jaw. If brackets or wires are rubbing against the inside of your cheeks or lips, try applying wax to these areas of your braces. If this does not offer enough relief, we may be able to trim the end of a poking wire. Call us if you need help with this.

Our goal is to make your orthodontic treatment as comfortable as possible on the way to achieving your all-star smile. If you have questions about adjusting to braces, contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Caring for Teeth During Orthodontic Treatment.”

By Dentistry for Midtown
July 06, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   braces  

Understanding your orthodontic needs may turn into a complicated issue. That's why Dr. Laura Koch, Dr. Andrew Soulimiotis, and Dr. orthodonticsSunny Patel can break it down for you and make the process a pleasant one for you and your loved ones, just drop by their Atlanta, GA, office.

Here's some information about orthodontics in the meantime:

What are braces?

Orthodontics helps people deal with jaw and teeth alignment. Braces are the oral appliances meant to fix these problems; they help to repair the position and orientation of your teeth by applying pressure on the teeth that need to be adjusted.

Braces are usually used for children between the ages of 7 and 14. They are good candidates because their face and jaws are still developing, which may make the treatment easier and more successful.

Adults, however, can still benefit from orthodontic treatment.

What are some reason I may need braces?

The reasons people need braces vary. Here are a few examples of some issues braces can help with:

  • Crooked, crowded and/or missing teeth
  • A bad bite, also known as malocclusion
  • Poorly aligned jaws

These issues can be caused by bad habits, like thumb-sucking, or a traumatic injury while playing a sport and some issues are simply hereditary.

Your Atlanta dentist can examine and assess your dental health, as well as provide a custom plan that will give you what you need.

How do I take care of my teeth while wearing braces?

You must maintain a healthy oral habit to ensure there isn't plaque buildup and cavity formation. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss once before bed, at the very least. This is so no food debris becomes entangled in your braces' brackets and wires.

If you're interested in learning more about orthodontic treatments and would like to contact Drs. Laura Koch, Andrew Soulimiotis or Sunny Patel in their Atlanta, GA, office, please call (404) 249-1716.

By Dentistry for Midtown
November 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   braces  

Discover the orthodontic treatment that will give you the beautiful results you want.braces

Sure, if you have crooked teeth this may be a telltale sign that you could benefit from braces. Of course, even teeth that are just a little misaligned could still benefit from orthodontic treatment. Whether your child’s teeth have just started to come in or you are considering braces as an adult, let our Midtown, GA, dentists Dr. Laura Koch, Dr. Andrew Soulimiotis and Dr. Sunny Patel help you decide which orthodontic treatment is right for you or your little one.

Traditional Braces

Sure, no one loves the idea of sporting the metal-mouth look, but these braces still have a lot of value and purpose. In a lot of cases, they are able to straighten smiles more efficiently, particularly in those who have complex issues.

It’s important to keep in mind that these braces are not the same braces you may have remembered as a kid. Technology has advanced a lot, making brackets sleeker and lighter and wires thinner and less cumbersome.

Ceramic Braces

If you have to get traditional braces but you want a more discreet approach to this bracket-and-wire system you can choose to get ceramic braces. With clear brackets, they are an easier and often more attractive option for a teen or adult who doesn’t want everyone to immediately notice their braces. Of course, you’ll pay a bit more than you would with traditional braces but you’re paying for a subtle and more aesthetically pleasing option.

Invisible Aligners

While Invisalign is the most known name in nearly invisible orthodontic care, there are a few different clear aligner systems that can shift your teeth around. While Invisalign and other clear aligner systems aren’t right for children, they can be ideal for older teens and adults. The aligners are comfortable, can easily fit into your lifestyle, can be removed before mealtimes and before brushing your teeth, and you don’t have to come in to visit our Midtown, GA, general dentists as regularly.

If you still aren’t sure whether or not you or your child could benefit from getting orthodontic treatment in Midtown, GA, then let’s sit down together and help you determine the best course of action. Call Dentistry for Midtown today to schedule a consultation.

By Dentistry for Midtown
October 27, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
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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.”