Posts for tag: orthodontics
Understanding your orthodontic needs may turn into a complicated issue. That's why Dr. Laura Koch, Dr. Andrew Soulimiotis, and Dr. Sunny 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.
Discover the orthodontic treatment that will give you the beautiful results you want.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Would you like to straighten your teeth but aren't sure which type of braces are right for you? Dr. Laura Koch and Dr. Andrew Soulimiotis, your Midtown, GA dentists at Dentistry for Midtown, offer several orthodontics options.
Metal braces were the only type of braces available for years and are still the most common type. When you choose this brace system, your dentist uses bonding material to attach stainless steel brackets to the fronts of your teeth. Wires are then threaded through the brackets. The wires are adjusted approximately every four to six weeks, which gradually guides your teeth into the proper position.
Although these braces still use metal wires, the brackets are made from clear ceramic. Brackets can also be made from clear resin. These braces are much less noticeable since the only thing anyone sees are the thin wires. Just as with metal braces, you'll visit your dentist about every four to six weeks for adjustments.
If ceramic braces are still too noticeable, lingual braces may be a better choice for you. The brackets and wires are attached to the back of the teeth instead of the front with the lingual system. Before you receive your lingual braces, your Midtown dentist makes an impression of your mouth with a soft putty-like material. The impression is sent to a dental laboratory, which uses this mold of your mouth to create each bracket. Since nothing is attached to the fronts of your teeth, no one will ever know that you're wearing braces.
Some brace systems don't require brackets and wires at all. These systems use a series of clear removable aligners to move your teeth into the proper position instead. Your dentist designs the aligners using a computer-generated model of your mouth. There are no adjustments needed with clear brace systems. You simply begin wearing a new set of aligners every two weeks. Aligners are worn 20 hours per day and are removed to eat and brush your teeth.
Comparing orthodontics systems can be a little overwhelming. Dr. Koch and Dr. Soulimiotis, your Midtown, GA dentists at Dentistry for Midtown, can help you find the right solution for you. Call them at (404) 249-1716 to schedule an appointment.
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?”