Posts for: September, 2021
Advanced cosmetic dental techniques are helping people around the world achieve their dream smiles. But long before many of these procedures existed, straightening teeth with braces could make a big difference in a person's appearance.
Improving a smile isn't the primary reason a person should undergo teeth straightening—a poor bite can lead to an unhealthy mouth. Misaligned teeth set up conditions in which you're more prone to diseases like tooth decay or gum disease. Correcting a bite should be first and foremost about protecting your dental health.
Even so, realigning your teeth can lead to a more attractive smile—and it's often necessary first before undergoing other cosmetic restorations. Think of it like renovating a house. You usually need to fix a faulty foundation before you start building an addition.
That's why it's always a good idea to get a complete dental exam before undertaking cosmetic work. There may be underlying problems that should be treated first. If that includes a poor bite, your next visit will most likely be with an orthodontist. Using advanced diagnostics, they'll determine what kind of bite problem you have and what it will take to correct it.
In years past, that meant braces. But now patients have another option: clear aligners, a series of clear plastic trays based on the individual patient's teeth. Each tray in the series is worn for about two weeks in succession, each new tray taking up where the other tray left off moving the teeth. Not only are they nearly invisible to observers, they can be removed for eating, cleaning or special occasions.
On the cosmetic front, straightening your teeth may be all you need to realize a more attractive smile. But orthodontics can also be part of an overall "smile makeover" that may include other cosmetic procedures, usually performed after realigning the teeth. In this case, it's often necessary to coordinate orthodontic treatment with these other procedures, especially if it's necessary to remove some teeth.
Whether it stands alone or is part of an overall makeover plan, straightening teeth can be a game changer when it comes to your appearance. Not only will it help you have healthier teeth and gums, it could give you the new smile you desire.
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 “The Magic of Orthodontics.”
In one respect, celebrities are no different from the rest of us—quite a few famous people love to collect things. Marie Osmond collects dolls (as well as Johnny Depp, reportedly); Leonardo DiCaprio, vintage toys. And, of course, Jay Leno has his famous fleet of cars. But Victoria Beckham's collection is unusually "familial"—she's kept all of her four children's "baby" teeth after they've fallen out.
Best known as Posh Spice of the 1990s group Spice Girls and now a fashion designer and TV personality, Beckham told People Magazine that she has an "entire bucket" of her kids' primary teeth. And, she recently added to it when her nine-year old daughter lost another tooth earlier this year.
You may or may not want to keep your child's baby teeth, but you'll certainly have the opportunity. Children start losing their first set of teeth around age 6 or 7 through early puberty. During the process, each tooth's roots and gum attachment weakens to the point that the tooth becomes noticeably loose. Not long after, it gives way and falls out.
Although a baby tooth doesn't normally need any help with this, children (and sometimes parents) are often eager to accelerate the process. A loose tooth can be annoying—plus there's often a financial incentive via the "Tooth Fairy!"
First off, there's not much harm in a child wiggling a loose tooth—it may even help it come out. It's also possible to help the tooth safely detach sooner by taking a small piece of tissue, folding it over the tooth and giving it a gentle downward squeeze. If it's loose enough, it should pop out.
If it doesn't, don't resort to more forcible measures like the proverbial string and a door—just wait a day or two before trying the gentle squeeze method again. Once the tooth comes out, the empty socket may bleed a bit or not at all. If heavy bleeding does occur, have the child bite down on a piece of clean gauze or a wet tea bag until it stops. You may also have them eat softer foods for a few days to avoid a resumption of bleeding.
Beyond that, there's little else to do but place it under your child's pillow for the Tooth Fairy. And if after their "exchange" with that famous member of the Fae Folk you find yourself in possession of the erstwhile tooth, consider taking a cue from Victoria Beckham and add it to your own collection of family memories.
Sometimes brushing your teeth is not enough to maintain good oral health. At Eagle Dental, your local Homer dentist, Dr. James Bourne, has a practice in Homer, AK, and offers professional deep cleanings to help improve your oral health.
Why Are Professional Dental Cleanings Important?
Visiting your dentist for professional cleaning and oral exams every six months is crucial to maintain good oral health. Even if you are not experiencing pain or discomfort, regular cleaning is still essential because they offer some benefits that only brushing your teeth cannot afford.
Professional Cleanings Remove Plaque and Tartar Build-Up
Regardless of how strenuously you brush your teeth, there are still hard-to-reach places where plaque settles and grows. However, when you undergo a cleaning by a professionally trained and experienced dental hygienist, like Dr. Bourne offers at his Homer, AK, practice, they have no trouble cleaning the hard-to-reach places.
Prevents Oral Health Issues
Having professional cleanings regularly is one of the best things you can do to prevent further issues such as gingivitis or gum disease. When you receive a cleaning every six months, your risk for gum disease, tooth decay, and other health issues plummet—keeping your gums and teeth healthy means that you will be at lower risk of losing teeth later on in life.
Finds Issues Early
If you can't prevent the disease, the next best thing is to catch them as early as possible. With early detection, treatment can be completed faster and be more effective.
When you tackle issues like gum disease and tooth decay head first, deep cleanings can reverse them with the proper care plan. Furthermore, treatment is less expensive the earlier you detect any problems. Other ailments found by routine cleanings include:
- Oral cancer
- Tooth-chipping or decay
- Plaque and tartar build-up
- TMJ and TMD
Maintain a Whiter Smile
Our teeth can become discolored when we accumulate plaque and tartar build-up. The professional cleanings help remove stains leading to a brighter and whiter smile. In addition, in the event you are looking for an even whiter smile, your dentist and dental hygienist can offer cosmetic dentistry options for you as well.
Like you see your primary care doctor for check-ups, it is critical to maintaining regular visits with your dentist. So call and make an appointment with a Homer, AK, dentist you can trust by calling Dr. Bourne at Eagle Dental at (907) 235-8574 today.