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What Are the Signs that Braces May Be Needed?

Orthodontic problems, if not early addressed can pose a great danger to a person's oral health. It comes highly recommended that one does regular check-ups to determine whether there are any impending problems, especially in children. If through consultations with your doctor, you realize that you or your child are experiencing signs that braces are necessary, then it is time to pay a visit to your orthodontist for a solution.

How to know if braces are needed is something that has eluded many. Should you be wondering what the signs are, below are a few that will help you go and get your beautiful smile back.

When Are Braces Necessary?

1. Crowded Teeth

Crowding would be the first answer to the question why braces are be needed. Although it is popular with kids, crowding also occurs in adults. When it happens, there will be insufficient space in the mouth for all teeth to fit. Lack of adequate room for the teeth will lead to some being crooked thereby affecting your smile.

Over time, the problem gets worse. It will reach a point that certain simple tasks like flossing or brushing becomes complicated and will take lots of time and effort. Sometimes, it gets impossible to clean all teeth leading to accumulation of bacteria and germs that gradually decays your tooth. Bad odor, gingivitis, and bone loss around the teeth also abound.

Fixing this problem as early as possible goes a long way to improving your dental hygiene. It will also minimize risks of getting gum disease as well as getting rid of the bad odor. The orthodontist will also determine if removal of some teeth before applying the braces is necessary. This will further repair any damage that's been previously done and avoid future problems.

2. Teeth Overlap

When some people smile, you can't help but notice that their teeth have overlapped each other either horizontally or vertically. This is called overbite and it is one way to determine if braces are needed. If your front teeth are sticking out further than the alignment of the bottom teeth, you should visit your doctor.

Why are braces necessary for overlapping teeth?Exaggerated teeth overlap increases the chances of one's front teeth suffering from trauma. Nonetheless, it will be easy for teeth to fracture and cause you severe pain and harm. As if that is not enough, an overbite leads to complications and reduces the chances of successful dental restoration works like veneers, crowns, and cosmetic fillings. This is why you should visit an orthodontist as soon as possible.

3. Crossbite

Apart from the vertical and horizontal overlapping of teeth, people also experience what is called a crossbite. A crossbite is characterized by the opposing lower tooth being ahead of the upper tooth. This issue also requires a correction because when left untreated, certain problems like excessive wear or teeth fracture can occur. There will also be huge chances of the gum recession of the affected teeth.

Failure to correct this issue also leads to unsuccessful restoration of fractured or worn out teeth. Asymmetric jaw growth could also occur.

4. Underbite

The necessity of getting braces wards off problems associated with an underbite. A disproportionate jaw size is the primary cause of an underbite. This issue makes all the upper front teeth to be behind the lower front teeth. It might not sound like a big problem until you one day will realize that your facial appearance is imbalanced.

Another issue associated with an underbite is accelerated facial aging and difficulty in chewing or biting of food. No one wants that. As such, the need for braces is mandatory.

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5. Front Teeth Not Touching

Another of the signs that you may need braces is when your front teeth do not touch, both the upper and the lower ones. This abnormal condition is referred to as an open bite. An open bite could lead difficulties when trying to bite and is also associated with speech problems like lisp.

These two issues alone are problems one wouldn't want to deal with. As a result, a visit to the orthodontist for an application of brackets to correct the issue is a recommendation.

6. Multiple Gaps

Some people have unnecessarily large multiple spaces between their teeth. These gaps are often brought about by crowding of other teeth or habits one has developed as a kid like sucking or chewing things improperly. As one of the signs that you may need braces, it's application will bring about the correct alignment of individual teeth and get rid of the spaces.

7. Difficulty Sleeping

People unknowingly wake up sometimes in the morning feeling fatigued, which also drives them to irresistibly fight the urge to sleep during the day. This is called sleep apnea and it is a problem associated with oral health. It affects people individually based on the presence of airway disorder.

This condition calls for the need of the application of brackets, which over time will reposition the jaws and provide a reliable solution to the airflow problem. The airway needs to widen to allow more air to flow. Braces offer the long-term solutions in such cases.

8. Recurrent Jaw Pain

The question why braces are needed is also best answered by frequent jaw pains. When you open or close your jaw and experience consistent and constant pain, a visit to the doctor for braces is imperative. This problem sometimes causes the jaw to extend only to a limited position as they tend to lock. An orthodontist will examine you and determine the cause of the problem. Often, the best course of action will be fixing the brackets to bring back your jaw to the normal working condition.

9. Teeth Unnecessarily Wear Off

Chemical substances, grinding, improper oral hygiene, among others are leading causes of teeth wearing out. If grinding is the reason of teeth misalignment, the corrective measure will be the use of braces. An orthodontist will examine you first and determine what the underlying cause is, before suggesting the use of braces.

Some things in life cannot be rectified, but your smile and facial appearance can be corrected. Why suffer because of teeth misalignment, or because of a simple problem that can be fixed with braces? If you are experiencing some or most of the above signs and did not know what your solution would be, the solution is now here for you. Visit our orthodontist or make an appointment and see your unsatisfactory smile transform into a beautiful and charming one.

 

BEECROFT ORTHODONTICS

11113 Leavells Rd. Fredericksburg, VA 22407

Phone: 540 898 2200

What Are the Signs that Braces May Be Needed? 

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How to Take Care of Your Retainers [Orthodontic Guide]

Taking Care of your Retainers

Your dental care will not end when you finally remove your braces. Retainers are essential for the stabilization of your new teeth arrangement. Braces force teeth to move back into the mouth, and this involves the absorption of bones in the back of the oral cavity. To keep your great appearance, you will have to use retainers for a period that is stipulated by your doctor. In many cases, patients have to use these products for the rest of their lives. Depending on some factors, the period can even be as short as three months. Retainers are worn only part of the time, usually three to five times a week for those using them in their entire lifetimes.

These products are usually designed to serve you for between 3 to 10 years. Taking care of dental retainers will make them last for that entire period without causing dental conditions on you. Taking care of dental retainers can be done by:

• Always Carrying Your Retainer Case with You

Many times, people lose their retainers because of poor storage. Since most are removable, people can take them off and wrap them up in a napkin or other material. In such cases, they can easily be confused for trash and disposed of by other people in the room. If you use tissues, the material will get into the retainer, and this will make it very difficult to clean.

You are also highly likely to forget where you placed them. Retainer cases are easy to notice and can never be thrown out with the trash. Replacing these items can be a financial setback, so this might be a wise consideration.

• Taking Them off When Having a Meal

To take care of retainers, you will have to remove them when eating. They can easily collect dirt between your teeth when you eat. Plaque can be hard to flush out with water since the pockets are hard to reach. This will not just affect the retainer, but also your dental health. Cleaning your retainer will also become unnecessarily hard if it has plaque and food remains on it.

• Removing Your Retainer When Brushing Teeth

Brushing your teeth with your retainer on can make you miss some sections of your mouth. That will mean more plaque and tartar is left on your teeth, and this will affect your general dental health. Over time, your retainers will also be heavily covered in plaque and cleaning them can become very difficult. Brushing your teeth with your retainers on can also alter their position. In the wrong position, retainers will not serve their purpose.  To prevent such troubles, you should always take off retainers when brushing teeth.

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• Cleaning Your Retainer Regularly

Retainers should always be cleaned before storage. Cleaning retainers involve brushing and rinsing, just like you do for your teeth. Occasionally, you can also soak them in a solution for a thorough cleaning.

This helps to get rid of tartar and plaque that are likely to have found a way into the device. Even if you always take your retainers off before meals, these elements can get into your dental gadgets when you have quick snacks. Since you don’t brush your teeth after every meal, plaque will also get to the retainer from your teeth. In such cases, cleaning will not be a very difficult job.

If you fail to clean your retainers properly, you will end up with a bad mouth odor since the same bacteria will affect your oral cavity.

Not all cleaning methods are safe for this equipment. For example, you should never clean them by dipping in boiling water. This will damage their plastic parts. The hot water will also warp the metallic parts of the retainer. Many retainers are made of plastic, and the entire thing will lose shape if subjected to such high temperatures.

All you need for cleaning purposes is toothpaste and clean water. It is important to consult your dentist before brushing your retainers. The best way to take care of retainers will depend on the specific one you are using. If your dental device can be brushed, you should make sure to use a soft brush to prevent damage. Chemicals such as bleach and alcohol-based mouthwash can easily damage your retainer. You can let the retainer soak in a solution of baking soda, denture tablets, and mild vinegar. A cleaning agent for dentures can also work perfectly for the soaking of retainers.

• Protecting It from Extreme Conditions

Retainers get damaged when exposed to extremely dry or hot conditions. This is the reason why they should never be soaked in hot water. Also, they should not be placed in direct sunlight as this will make them very dry. In such a state, retainers are likely to crack. You should never use electronic appliances to clean retainers as they would be exposed to extremely hot conditions. In the same vein, it should never be left close to a heat source.

When not in use for a long time, they can be soaked in water to prevent drying. Ideally, you should mix the water with appropriate cleaning agents so that the retainers can stay free of germs and bacteria while in storage.

• Being Gentle When Wearing or Removing Them

Always take your time when wearing retainers and adjust them slowly with your hands. Flipping with too much energy can make the retainers break. You should also never adjust them with your tongue since this will lead to early damage.  Always examine your retainers for any signs of damage or loss of shape. In such states, they will be unable to serve their functions and might need to be replaced.

Conclusion

Once you are done with your braces, it is important to start wearing retainers. These are important for the maintenance of the state of your teeth. Many people fail to take care of their retainers, and this costs a lot of money for replacements. On average, these items are meant to last for a period of about ten years.

It is important to always have your storage case with you since you are likely to remove the retainer once or twice through the day. You should always remember to clean them after use and before storage. To prevent damage, you should soak them in an appropriate solution. Ask your orthodontist for advice by booking an appointment on the best way to take care of retainers since they all have different cleaning guidelines.

 

BEECROFT ORTHODONTICS

11113 Leavells Rd. Fredericksburg, VA 22407

Phone: 540 898 2200

How to Take Care of Your Retainers 

 

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Tooth-Friendly Recipe 10: Green Vanilla Mint Smoothie

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A smoothie is often a treat that many people like to enjoy in the summer, but there is a tooth friendly recipe that you can enjoy at any time that includes vanilla and mint. The green vanilla mint smoothie isn't as sweet as some others that you can make, decreasing the amount of sugar that sits on the teeth. If there isn't as much sugar on the teeth, then there is a reduced risk of cavities developing. It can also help to prevent the deterioration of the enamel. There are a few ingredients in this delicious smoothie that you might not think would be in it, but they give the smoothie its green appearance.

Ingredients

  • One frozen banana
  • 3/4 cup of coconut milk
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of spinach
  • About 10 mint leaves, more if you like the flavor of mint
  • One teaspoon of vanilla extract

Combine all of the ingredients in a blender like you would if you were making a milkshake. You can add a bit of dark chocolate if you're looking for a sweeter taste. A bit of cucumber and lemon juice can also be added if you're looking for a way to add more vegetables to the smoothie.

This is a smoothie that can be enjoyed in the morning so that you have the energy to get through the day. It's also an ideal treat for the middle of the day if you need to replenish energy that you have lost while working or going to school. It's an option for children who seem to have trouble eating vegetables as they won't be able to taste the spinach since there is mint and bananas in the smoothie. After pouring the smoothie into a glass, you can add a mint leaf for a garnish.

Beecroft Orthodontics is an office you can call if you have any questions about ways to keep the teeth as healthy as possible with treats that don't have a lot of sugar. Call us now!

Beecroft Orthodontics

10472 Georgetown Dr. Fredericksburg, VA 22553 Phone: 540-898-2200

Tooth-Friendly Recipe 10: Green Vanilla Mint Smoothie

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