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PuttheExtraEffortinYourOralHygieneWhileWearingBraces

The journey to a straighter smile with braces can be difficult. One of the biggest dangers you'll face is an increased risk of periodontal (gum) disease.

Gum disease is caused by dental plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food particles on tooth surfaces. To curtail plaque growth, you must brush and floss daily and visit your dentist regularly for more thorough cleanings. If you don't, accumulated plaque can trigger an infection with potentially disastrous consequences for your dental health.

But wearing braces can make you more vulnerable to gum disease. The braces and wires can get in the way of brushing and flossing. To add to the difficulty, the gums often react to being in close proximity to braces, causing their tissues to swell or overgrow. And if the patient is a teenager, the normal hormonal surge that occurs during these years could compound this vulnerability even more.

To prevent an infection, you'll need to practice extra diligence cleaning your teeth with brushing and flossing. It takes more time and effort, but it's worth it to lower your disease risk. To help even more, consider using tools like specialized brushes that can maneuver better around hardware and floss threaders that can get floss under wires. You might also consider a water flosser, which uses pressurized water to remove plaque between teeth.

In addition to your orthodontic visits, you should also maintain your regular cleaning schedule with your family dentist—or more often if they recommend. Besides cleaning, your dentist also monitors for signs of developing gum disease. They can also prescribe mouthrinses for controlling bacterial growth.

Even with diligent hygiene, your gums may still adversely react to the braces. This may not be a problem if your gum tissues don't appear to be detaching from the teeth. But your dentist or orthodontist may recommend you see a periodontist (a gum specialist) to help monitor that aspect of your care. In extreme cases, it may be necessary to remove the braces and allow the gums to heal.

Keeping your teeth clean and your mouth disease-free is no easy task while wearing braces. But it can be done—and with your dentist's help, you can achieve a straighter and healthier smile.

If you would like more information on dental care while wearing braces, 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 “Gum Swelling During Orthodontics.”

By Norwich Aesthetic Dentistry
October 29, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   orthodontics   Invisalign  

Metal BracesAre you tired of dealing with a crooked smile?

Since most of us weren’t lucky enough to be born with the perfect smiles, many of us will have to turn to braces to get the smiles we want. Fortunately, our Norwich, CT, dentist Dr. Edward Yates works with patients of all ages to help them get a straighter and more beautiful smile. Are you wondering whether you should get braces or not? Here are some factors to consider that may help you decide whether orthodontic treatment could benefit you.

No matter how old you are you are never too old to address issues with your smile. After all, misaligned teeth or jaws can affect your bite, which not only affects your appearance but can also cause issues for your teeth, as well.

A bad bite is known as a malocclusion, and this includes everything from crooked teeth and crowding to protruding teeth. Fortunately, getting braces from our Norwich dentist can fix these issues.

Why are braces important?

The most obvious benefits of braces are getting a straighter smile and feeling more confident in your appearance. Of course, braces do so much more. If your teeth are misaligned, overlapping or crooked this can increase your risk for decay. That’s because there are places between teeth that might be more difficult to properly clean. This is where plaque and food can easily get trapped.

Furthermore, if the upper and lower teeth do not properly align this can put additional pressure on your teeth. Your jaws are amazingly powerful and can exert a lot of force, especially when chewing. If your teeth are misaligned this means that certain teeth are dealing with more force than they can often handle. Over time, this can lead to excessive wear and weakening of the tooth, leading to cracks or fractures.

Luckily, by getting braces to correct these common misalignments we can also reduce your risk for cavities, prevent excessive wear on teeth and improve the overall health of your smile.

So, how do you know if braces are right for you?

You may be an ideal candidate for braces if you are dealing with:

  • Overbites: when your top teeth cover the bottom teeth
  • Underbite: when the bottom teeth cover the top teeth
  • Overjet: when teeth stick out
  • Crossbite: when one or more teeth do not properly line up
  • Open bite: when your upper and lower teeth do not meet

Remember, you are never too old to get braces. More and more adults are turning to orthodontic treatment to get the results they want and you can too. Parents who want to know if their child can benefit should bring their child in for an evaluation around the age of 7.

If you are living in Norwich, CT, and dealing with a misaligned smile that you hope braces can fix, then it’s time to turn to the dental experts at Norwich Aesthetic Dentistry to provide you with the treatment you need. Call us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Edward Yates. Let’s talk about braces!

3QuestionsYouShouldAskBeforeUndergoingAdultOrthodontics

Think you're too old to have your teeth straightened? While we automatically pair “teenager” with “braces,” at least one in five orthodontic patients are adults. And there's many more that could benefit, as many as three-quarters of adults with a correctable bite problem.

But although orthodontics can be performed at any age, it's not a minor undertaking. It will require time, patience and expense. So, before you decide to undergo orthodontics, here are 3 simple questions to ask first.

Why? Like children and teenagers, adults can benefit cosmetically from correcting a poor bite. But there's another great reason besides a more attractive smile: misaligned teeth are more difficult to care for than normal teeth. Orthodontic treatment is an investment and potential cost-saver in your future dental health.

Why not? Even senior adults can successfully undergo treatment. But braces might be ill-advised if you have either poor oral or general health. Periodontal (gum) disease, for example, can cause bone loss, which makes it difficult to safely and successfully move teeth (and the effort could worsen current disease activity in the gums). Medical conditions like bleeding disorders, leukemia or uncontrollable diabetes could interfere as well. You'll need both a dental and medical examination beforehand.

How? We can use braces — or we might be able to use a newer, more popular option with adults called clear aligners. These are a series of computer-designed clear, plastic trays you wear in sequence until you finish the series. Each tray is slightly smaller than the previous tray, moving the teeth in much the same manner as braces. But unlike braces, you can remove aligners for cleaning or a rare special occasion — and they're much less noticeable than metal braces. Although in some cases braces may still be the best option, it's also possible clear aligners could be the option you've been looking for.

So, are you ready for a new smile and a more maintainable mouth? Visit us for the answers to your questions and see if braces (or clear aligners) can transform your life and health.

If you would like more information on orthodontic treatment for adults, 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 “Orthodontics for the Older Adult.”

By Norwich Aesthetic Dentistry
October 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   orthodontics  

Are you interested in knowing how your Norwich dentist can help you?braces, orthodontics

Dr. Edward Yates can offer you the orthodontic care you need in Norwich, CT. They can identify the problems you're suffering from, create a custom plan and execute the necessary orthodontic treatments.

What are braces?

Braces are intended to fix a bad bite and malocclusions, which is when teeth are crooked or crowded. Braces move your teeth into their proper positions and, after you no longer need to wear braces, you'll need to wear a retainer so their teeth don't shift back into their crooked positions.

How can you care for your braces?

There are several things to take into consideration when maintaining your dental health:

  • Avoid eating popcorn, corn, sticky foods...etc.
  • Wear a mouth guard if you're playing a sport.
  • Floss and brush your teeth after every meal, and make sure your child changes his or her tooth brush every 3 months.

What are the side effects of not having braces?

If you don't allow your Norwich dentist to fix your child's bad bite, they may suffer from other severe problems:

  • Tooth decay that can lead to tooth loss
  • Deterioration of tooth enamel and formation of gum disease
  • Speech, chewing and bite may be effected by crooked teeth

How can you care for your braces?

There are several things to take into consideration when maintaining your dental health:

  • Avoid eating certain foods, such as popcorn, corn, sticky foods...etc.
  • Make sure to wear a mouth guard if you're playing a sport.
  • Don't skip your dentist's appointment to ensure braces are adjusted properly and there's no hard-to-reach plaque that can cause gum disease.
  • Floss and brush your teeth after every meal, and make sure your child changes his or her tooth brush every 3 months or when the bristles are worn out or frayed.

For more information about braces and the best options for your child, call your dentist, Dr. Yates in Norwich, CT. Call their office at (860) 889-6445 to schedule an appointment today!

IfYoureConsideringBracesHeresHowTheyWork

If you or a family member has problems with teeth alignment or your bite, you may be considering braces. This tried and true method can straighten out most smiles — but there's more to braces than you may realize.

For one thing, orthodontic treatment wouldn't work if it weren't for the natural mechanism for tooth movement that already exists in the mouth. It may seem your teeth are rigidly set in the jawbone but that's not how they maintain their attachment: that's the job of an elastic connective tissue known as the periodontal ligament that lies between the tooth and the bone. The ligament has tiny fibers that attach to the tooth on one side and to the bone on the other to actually hold the teeth in place, much like a hammock secured between two posts.

The ligament attachment also allows the teeth to move incrementally in response to environmental factors or the aging process. We harness this natural movement ability with braces to move teeth to a more desirable position. We first attach small brackets to the front crowns of the teeth (the visible portion) and then string arch wires through them. We then attach the wires to anchor points where we can adjust the amount of tension they're exerting through the brackets against the teeth. By gradually increasing that tension, the teeth respond as they would when any force is applied against them and begin to move.

By precisely controlling that movement we can transform a patient's smile. But we believe the advantages are more than cosmetic: the teeth will function better and will be easier to care for and keep clean. These benefits, though, have to be balanced with heightened risks for root resorption (something that occurs only about 10% of the time) in which the ends of the roots can shrink, or loss of mineral content in teeth enamel where the hardware makes it more difficult to remove bacterial plaque. These risks can be reduced by closely monitoring dental health during the entire treatment process and through stepped up efforts in daily oral hygiene.

The starting point for deciding on an orthodontic treatment is a thorough dental examination with x-rays or CT scan imaging. Once we have a complete picture of your misalignment problems and any other extenuating circumstances, we can recommend a treatment plan just for you.

If you would like more information on orthodontic treatment, 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 “Moving Teeth with Orthodontics.”