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What Can I Do About My Slanted Teeth?

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One of the first things a person will notice about you is your smile. A beautiful smile can give an individual a confidence boost, or a slanted smile can give an individual a feeling of self consciousness. If you are suffering from a slanted smile, there are many different types of braces available to help you fix it.

LAST UPDATED: OCTOBER 31, 2017

FAQ

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are a great option for busy moms who are living their life to the fullest and do not want anyone to know they are currently undergoing teeth corrections. Lingual braces King George has to offer are actually hidden behind each tooth, and therefore are very discreet. These types of braces are also individually formed for your mouth and offer a close contact, personalized feel that makes it a feasible option for many different types of individuals.

Lingual braces are also a great option for:

  • Professionals who do not wish to have metal braces showing
  • Musicians that are involved with wind instruments
  • Athletes who are involved in contact sports
  • Individuals who are actively modeling
  • Individuals in the field of acting

Invisalign

Invisalign is another great option to fix slanted teeth. Invisalign is a form of realignment tool that uses a series of clear aligners to re-adjust your teeth. Since the aligners are clear, no one has to know that you are currently wearing them, so you can carry on with your normal life and not be self conscious.

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Many great benefits of Invisalign include:

  • Removable
  • No hassle during teeth brushing or eating
  • Comfortable
  • Clear and discreet
  • Causes no abrasions as some metal options do
  • Often takes less time to correct the issue than traditional types of braces

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are another discreet option for correcting your slanted teeth. Ceramic braces are much like traditional, metal braces, except that ceramic braces blend to the color of your teeth. Ceramic braces are more often used on adults than on children due to the fact that adults are often more concerned about cosmetics than children are.

Minor disadvantages of ceramic braces:

  • Much more brittle than metal braces
  • Larger than metal braces
  • Require closer attention to personal hygiene

Although ceramic braces do have minor disadvantages, there are also several advantages to these types of braces. These advantages include:

  • Nearly invisible while on the teeth
  • Much more comfortable that older, more traditional sets of braces
  • No worries of having to remember to wear as with Invisalign
  • Better oral hygiene practices typically become a habit

If you are in the market to fix your slanted teeth, visit our website or give one of our friendly professionals at Beecroft Orthodontics a call today. You can also visit our website for braces before and after pictures to see the results that you too can get. We can get you on the right path to have that beautiful smile you have always wished for.

Beecroft Orthodontics 10472 Georgetown Dr, Fredericksburg, VA22553 Phone: 540 898 2200

What Can I Do About My Slanted Teeth?

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Will Having [Teeth Removed] Ruin My Face?

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Will Having Teeth Removed Ruin My Face?

Having teeth removed is a permanent procedure but your orthodontist is your advocate and your friend. Before any tooth is removed, your orthodontist will examine all the options before coming to the decision to proceed with tooth removal.

FAQ

Why do I need to have teeth removed?

In some cases, teeth may need to be removed before braces are applied. Many times, there is overcrowding and there’s not enough room for the existing teeth to come in straight or be straightened.Therefore, removal of one or more teeth may be necessary to allow for orthodontic treatment to work properly. A consultation with a King George orthodontist will help you understand all you need to know with regards to successfully treating any issue you may have.

Treatment depends on which teeth need to be removed. If the issue is simply making room for proper alignment, the first teeth removed are generally the wisdom teeth, then the bicuspids directly behind the eyeteeth. If for some reason, there is a tooth that has to be removed for a reason other than overcrowding, such as a damaged tooth, and will be replaced in some fashion, space will be preserved to prevent other teeth from moving into that space before a replacement can be done.

Will removing teeth have an effect on bone loss?

One factor that can cause changes in the appearance of the face is the loss of bone related to tooth removal. Bone is living tissue and is constantly being reshaped. When teeth are removed, the bone is reabsorbed. Your doctor will take steps to ensure that the bone is preserved when a tooth is removed. If the bone loss is profound when the teeth begin to move during the orthodontic treatment, there will be insufficient bone through which they can move and can result in problems.

This can be prevented through bone grafting which can preserve needed space for future implants and/or provides structure for new bone growth. This will also ensure that there is enough bone to support the teeth as they move into proper alignment. In addition, some extractions may be slated for future replacements with either implants or a partial denture.

What are the facts about teeth removal?

Many people shy away from extractions for fear of the pain or fear of how it will make them look. Depending on the number of teeth to be removed, it definitely can have an effect on the shape and contours of your face, but your orthodontist is a professional with many years of experience in this area and has many ways of giving you the smile you desire and deserve with very little visible change in your facial appearance. In many cases, facial appearance can be changed for the better.

The majority of patients advised to have teeth removed are adults. Once the body has stopped growing, including the skull and jaws, a space allowance must be made in order for crooked/crowded teeth to be aligned properly.Your orthodontist is keenly aware that this is an important decision and will only advise this when it is in your best interest. In some cases, the only way to a perfect smile is to have one or more teeth extracted.

Are there other options to teeth removal?

If you are faced with having extractions before orthodontic treatment can begin and you are asking yourself the question, “Will having teeth removed ruin my face?” find an orthodontist who does braces for adults King George has to offer for consultation. You should always ask your orthodontist the question of how your facial structure may change and look in the future.

You may be able to find a King George orthodontist who can proceed with orthodontic treatment without removing a tooth, but you must be open to the idea of removing teeth if the treatment does not work without it. No professional would ever want you to have to settle for less, so it is best to allow the orthodontist to do his/her work.

Some other options that can be attempted before extractions include palatal expansion which will create some room for teeth to move, but much less than in an adolescent patient. There is also what we call as IRP or tooth shaving. In tooth shaving, very small amounts of tooth enamel are removed in places where the teeth would normally touch. In the case where this is used, this allows enough room for braces to pull the teeth in that are protruding, to reduce crowding, or adjust tooth widths.

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Does it hurt to have teeth removed?

It is normal to feel nervous about tooth extractions but realizes that nearly everyone worries about the same thing when it comes to this. Routine extractions take very little time and result in very little discomfort. Orthodontic professionals are sensitive to the patient’s feelings and worries and do everything in their power to minimize any discomfort.

Novocain is applied until the site of the extraction is quite numbed, then the tooth is removed quickly and painlessly. The removal of wisdom teeth can be more involved, but most will say that it is not nearly as bad as expected and many patients will be able to have the wisdom teeth extracted in the office in the same fashion as any other tooth and with as little discomfort as well.

Sometimes the cost of a beautiful smile is the loss of a few teeth to make way for the smile you have always dreamed of. Prepare to go into your future smiling brightly. Call us now to learn more about necessary teeth extractions.

Beecroft Orthodontics - 10472 Georgetown Dr, Fredericksburg, VA22553 Phone: 540 898 2200

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Besides Straight Teeth, What are the Benefits of Braces?

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When people think about braces and the reasons to get them, the first thought that comes to mind is aesthetics. Sure, having a nice looking smile can boost someone’s self-esteem, and that benefit alone can have an impact on a person’s life. However, there are numerous other benefits, not cosmetic in nature that comes from wearing braces.

FAQ

How Do Braces Work?

Metal, plastic and ceramic are common materials used to make braces. In most situations, they are permanent, but some people can receive braces that are removable. Braces work by exerting a little bit of pressure in a specific direction. This action gradually moves the teeth into their correct position. The amount of pressure that is exerted on the teeth also reshapes the jawline. The bone dissolves and new bone growth supports the teeth in their new place. Braces are ideal for both children and adults. The duration of treatment usually lasts between 18 to 24 months.

What Are the Signs That Braces Are Needed?

Deciding whether braces are necessary is up to the parents or patient. While some people may go throughout their lives without braces, there are some instances that warrant a consultation with an orthodontist. Again, braces are not only about having a great looking smile. In certain situations, using braces to align teeth is necessary. Orthodontic treatment is necessary for the following situations:

  • Problems chewing
  • Center of upper and lower teeth are out of alignment
  • Teeth show signs of excessive wear
  • Spaces between teeth
  • Overlapped or crowded teeth

These are just a few of the signs that corrective treatment is necessary. A consultation with the orthodontist at Fredericksburg Orthodontics can help to determine a course of action.

What are the Benefits of Braces?

Teeth alignment issues do not only affect a person’s appearance; they can also affect a person’s health. Most people do not fully realize the impact that unaligned teeth can have on functions like eating and speaking. Here are some of the lesser-known benefits of braces.

Does Wearing Braces Improve Chewing?

Teeth and jaws that are out of alignment may make it difficult to bite and chew food. In most situations, these problems do not improve themselves over time. Years of experiencing difficulty in chewing can cause the teeth to wear out quickly. As the problem persists, the muscles of the jaw may start to weaken. The weakening of the jaw leads to painful chewing.

Does Wearing Braces Help to Improve Digestion?

Lacking the ability to chew properly can also have detrimental effects on the digestive system and intake of the right amount of nutrients. The teeth play an instrumental role in digestion. The digestion process begins when the teeth start to grind the food. Misaligned teeth cannot break down food properly. When food is not properly broken down, it takes longer for the food to pass through the digestive system. Painful chewing may cause people to avoid certain foods, decreasing a number of nutrients they receive.

Can Wearing Braces Help to Fix Speech Difficulties?

Speech difficulties are a problem faced by many. However, speech therapy may not be the most effective course of corrective treatment. The way teeth can affect the body and how it functions is often underestimated. Teeth that are out of alignment can affect the placement of the tip of the tongue. Tongue placement affects the proper formation of sounds like 't','n' and 'd' sounds. Usually, braces can correct this type of speech issue. A consultation with an orthodontist can identify how severe the issue is and devise an effective solution.

Can Wearing Braces Show Improvements in Overall Oral Health?

Brushing and flossing should be a regular part of daily hygiene. Having good hygiene habits is harder to do when the teeth are crooked, crowded or overlap. These conditions create an environment where plaque can build up and bacteria thrive. When plaque and bacteria are in the mouth it creates conditions like:

  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • Cavities
  • Gingivitis

Luckily, these dental ailments and diseases are preventable. Braces can put teeth in the correct positions, alleviating overcrowding and crooked teeth. Doing this will make dental hygiene easier and help to avoid unhealthy teeth and gums.

Can Wearing Braces Decrease the Risk of Dental Injury?

Protruding teeth is a problem many people face. Protruding front teeth are dangerous for people who participate in sports activities. The positioning of the teeth makes them more susceptible to trauma. People that have protruding teeth are more prone to breaking or chipping their teeth. An orthodontist can help to decrease the chances of a dental injury with braces.

Can Wearing Braces Help to Prevent Bone Erosion?

Tartar and plaque between the teeth and along the gum line can destroy the bone underneath the teeth. These can lead to gum swelling, bleeding gums and loose teeth. When teeth fall out, the gums can erode. The same thing can occur when there are gaps or spacing between the teeth. Too much pressure on the jawbone because of tooth misalignment can result in the same level of bone erosion.

Can Wearing Braces Fix Jaw Discrepancies?

Jaw issues and misaligned teeth can go hand-in-hand. Crooked and misaligned teeth have an effect on jaw muscles and joints. In order to compensate for the bad positioning, the joints adapt. This adaptation means that the jaws are in a position that can cause damage. The effects of improper jaw alignment include:

  • Headaches
  • Jaw popping
  • Pain in the jaw
  • Sleep disorders

Most people who wear braces need to have them for around two years. They may seem inconvenient; the extra care required is worth the effort. Yes, braces straighten teeth. However, there are many other benefits from wearing braces that include improving a person’s bite and dental hygiene routine. If you notice your child complaining about pain when they chew or have a noticeable speech impediment, it may be time to consider braces.

How to Get Your Best Smile

While a smile is the best thing you can wear, some people find themselves self-conscious about the appearance of their teeth. If crooked or misshapen teeth make you want to hide your smile, our team of orthodontists in Stafford is here to help! We know just what it takes to bring out the beautiful smile in anyone, and will work to do whatever is necessary to give you a grin you’ll be proud to show! Contact us today and let us get you started on the road to a beautiful smile.

Beecroft Orthodontics, 10472 Georgetown Dr. Fredericksburg, Virginia

Phone: 540-898-2200

Besides Straight Teeth, What are the Benefits of Braces?

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