Happy New Year from our entire team at Broad Street Braces. We are proud to serve you with our innovative and caring treatments that result in your brilliant smile! We utilize many methods for teeth alignment and orthodontic treatment. Some orthodontic options we provide are:
- Braces (metal and clear)
- Self-Litigating Braces
- Lingual Braces
- Two-Phase Treatment
For many patients, these options will provide them with the correction and smile they are hoping for. However, there are times when your orthodontic treatment will require more than these corrective treatments.
If you look in the mirror and are dissatisfied with the alignment of your teeth, you may be wondering if you’re too old to adjust your teeth with orthodontic treatment. The good news is that orthodontic treatment has no age limits! At Broad Street Braces, Dr. Neil examines each potential patient to determine if orthodontic treatment is the right course of action.
As you age, your teeth can move and change. These changes can cause wear and tear on your teeth and mouth when you chew or bite. This can result in gradual bone loss and movement of your jaw that causes your teeth to gravitate inwards and overcrowd. Not only does this affect your appearance, but it can affect your speech and other factors as well.
November is American Diabetes Month. Diabetes affects over 20 million Americans in the United States, so there is a good chance that you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment and you have diabetes at the same time. If this is you, then there are special considerations to keep in mind as you continue to care for the health of your teeth while having orthodontic work on your teeth at the same time. You can read more about diabetes here on the American Diabetes Association’s website.
Whether you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment, or not, it’s important to maintain proper dental care if you have diabetes. Patients with diabetes are at a higher risk of gum disease and oral infections because they have increased bacterial production. This higher production rate is from higher glucose levels in saliva. Patients with diabetes also typically have less saliva, higher levels of sugar in oral fluids and loss of gum tissue.
The date is quickly approaching. Your orthodontist gave you the brace-removal date and you can hardly wait to get there. The patience that is required of you during this time is heroic. Broad Street Braces applauds you at your heroic levels of patience and endurance as you wait for the day when you can be brace-free!
What is the first thing you will do when you get your braces off? We certainly hope you take a selfie and post it and proudly present to all of your friends on social media the NEW you! Show off that smile. You earned the right to display, post and spread your smile everywhere. Go ahead and smile at strangers now. Maybe even give a big smile to that special someone you’ve been too shy to say “hello” to before.
Hooray for braces! Their results are amazing! Your brilliant new smile will ‘wow’ all of your people! The benefits of braces are many. You will enjoy your aligned and smart smile. Your dental health will thank you because aligned teeth lead to healthy teeth as well.
However, the means to that aligned end can have its challenges. One challenge some patients have with braces is flossing. Suddenly there are obstacles to maneuvering in, around, and through teeth and gums. Even though there are struggles with flossing with braces on, it’s important to maintain this important daily routine. If you’re not flossing, it could lead to tooth decay, gum disease or periodontal disease.
At Broad Street Braces, we offer a variety of options when it comes to aligning your teeth. Our traditional braces are still a popular choice for a large portion of our patients. They’ve been utilized to adjust teeth for over 100 years! Their reputation is good, and their results are solid!
While you sit back and enjoy the adjustment process and anticipate your awesome smile, you’ll have some decisions to make. One decision that is important to some of our patients is: “Which color bands should I choose this time?” Those colored bands are called ligatures. They are elastic and can be very colorful, however their primary purpose is not for your accessorizing purposes. Their function is to secure the arch wire in its place.
At Broad Street Braces, we get a few common questions that patients ask us. We’d like to take a minute to address a few of these questions to help you as you make the decision about orthodontic treatment.
When is the best time to begin treatment?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the first orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems OR no later than age 7. This is not saying that orthodontic treatment will be started at this age, however it does mean that we can anticipate the best time to commence treatment.
Thumb Sucking babies usually make fairly happy babies. They are able to soothe themselves without the fear of a lost pacifier. No need to hop out of your minivan while driving and head to the back seat to reinsert a pacifier. However, that thumb sucking habit it likely to lead to a need for a two-phase orthodontic treatment.
Thumb sucking can cause difficulties with the proper and natural growth of your child’s mouth. It can cause misalignment with your child’s teeth. It can also cause the roof of the mouth to change, depending on the level of forcefulness that your child sucks on his thumb or fingers.
The words where, ware and where are considered to be homophones. These words all have the same sound when they are pronounced. They each have different spellings and meanings as well. It can sometimes be tricky to decide which word can be used most appropriately when talking about something. Rest assured though, when it comes to Invisalign, all uses are appropriate. Here’s a definition of each word with a sample sentence.
If you’re considering braces or Invisalign, it’s a fact that you’ll have removable appliances in your mouth at some point during your alignment journey. With braces, you’ll need to wear a retainer for a period of time after the braces are removed. There retainers are meant to do what their name implies, they retain or hold the alignment that took place with the braces. Invisalign utilizes clear aligner trays to adjust, hold and align your teeth.
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