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By The Brace Place Orthodontics
November 23, 2021
Tags: clear aligners  

Braces are a classic option for straightening your smile, but if you are looking for a more discreet choice, clear aligners may work for you.

Inconspicuous, efficient, comfortable, and effective, clear aligners from the Jacksonville Beach, and Ponte Verda, FL, office of Dr. Josh Goldknopf can help you achieve your best smile.

What are aligners?

Aligners, made of clear, flexible plastic, are custom made to fit over your teeth to provide gentle straightening over a period of time. After taking a mold of your teeth, the aligners are crafted and given to you in incremental sets. You will wear each for a few weeks at a time before graduating to the next set.

What are the benefits of aligners?

You may find aligners to be more comfortable than braces, as there are no brackets that could irritate your gums. In addition, because each aligner concentrates on only a few teeth at a time, there is less pressure put on your mouth.

Braces do come in less noticeable options, but clear aligners are the most discreet choice for straightening your teeth. Because they are translucent and molded to fit snuggly over your teeth, no one will be able to tell you are wearing them.

Clear aligners from our Jacksonville Beach, and Ponte Verda, FL, offices are easy to care for, and you only need to keep them around for a few weeks before discarding them. You can brush and floss like normal after removing them, and give the aligners a good rinse to keep them clean.

Like braces, aligners take some time to reach full results, but aligners can even out your smile in as little as a year if they are worn as instructed for 22 hours a day.

Clear aligners from the Jacksonville Beach, and Ponte Verda, FL, offices of Dr. Goldknopf could be your path to a great smile. Call us today at (904) 249-0037 for a consultation.

By The Brace Place Orthodontics
November 20, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: clear aligners  

Advances in technology often lead to greater choices for things like automobiles or smartphones. In recent decades, advances in orthodontics have given families another choice besides braces for straightening teeth: clear aligners.

Clear aligners are a series of computer-generated mouth trays of clear plastic that are custom made for an individual patient's teeth. Like braces, these trays worn in the mouth put pressure on the teeth to move in a desired direction. Patients wear an individual tray for about two weeks and then change it out for the next tray in the series. Each subsequent tray is designed to pick up where the former tray left off in the progress of tooth movement.

Although treatment takes about as along as braces, clear aligners have some distinct advantages. First and foremost, their clear plastic construction makes them nearly invisible to outside observers. This makes them ideal for appearance-conscious teens (or adults) who may be embarrassed by the look of metallic braces.

And unlike their fixed counterpart, clear aligners can be removed by the wearer for meals, hygiene and the rare special occasion. As a result, patients with aligners aren't as restricted with food items and have an easier time keeping their teeth clean and avoiding dental disease than braces wearers.

But although definitely a benefit, removability can be potentially problematic depending on the maturity level of the patient. To be effective, an aligner tray must remain in the mouth for the majority of the time—too much time out negates the effect. Patients, then, must be responsible with wearing aligners as directed.

Clear aligners may also not work for treating difficult bites, especially those that require targeted movement (or non-movement) of select teeth. In those cases, braces may be the necessary treatment. But this situation has changed in recent years with the development of new devices and techniques that increase the range of bite problems clear aligners can treat.

Depending then on the bite problem and a patient's level of personal responsibility, clear aligners can be a viable orthodontic choice. And just like braces, they too can improve both dental function and appearance.

If you would like more information on orthodontic options for teens, 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 “Clear Aligners for Teens.”

By The Brace Place Orthodontics
November 10, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures

You can't correct a poor bite with braces or clear aligners overnight: Even the most cut-and-dried case can still require a few years to move teeth where they should be. It's a welcome relief, then, when you're finally done with braces or aligner trays.

That doesn't mean, however, that you're finished with orthodontic treatment. You now move into the next phase—protecting your new smile that took so much to gain. At least for a couple of more years you'll need to regularly wear an orthodontic retainer.

The name of this custom-made device explains its purpose: to keep or “retain” your teeth in their new, modified positions. This is necessary because the same mechanism that allows us to move teeth in the first place can work in reverse.

That mechanism centers around a tough but elastic tissue called the periodontal ligament. Although it primarily holds teeth in place, the ligament also allows for tiny, gradual tooth movement in response to mouth changes. Braces or aligner trays take advantage of this ability by exerting pressure on the teeth in the direction of intended movement. The periodontal ligament and nature do the rest.

But once we relieve the pressure when we remove the braces or aligners, a kind of “muscle memory” in the ligament can come into play, causing the teeth to move back to where they originally were. If we don't inhibit this reaction, all the time and effort put into orthodontic treatment can be lost.

Retainers, either the removable type or one fixed in place behind the teeth, gently “push” or “pull” against the teeth (depending on which type) just enough to halt any reversing movement. Initially, a patient will need to wear their retainer around the clock. After a while, wear time can be reduced to just a few hours a day, usually during sleep-time.

Most younger patients will only need to wear a retainer for a few years. Adults who undergo teeth-straightening later in life, however, may need to wear a retainer indefinitely. Even so, a few hours of wear every day is a small price to pay to protect your beautiful straightened smile.

If you would like more information on orthodontic retainers, 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 Importance of Orthodontic Retainers.”

By The Brace Place Orthodontics
October 31, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures

Instagram, America's humongous digital photo and video album, is chock-full of the silly, mundane, and poignant moments of people's everyday lives. That includes celebrities: Tom Hanks buying a used car; Ryan Reynolds sporting tiny sunglasses; Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran taking a hike. And then there's former Olympic alpine skier, Lindsey Vonn—posting a video of her recent dental visit.

Winner of several World Cup competitions and the first woman to gain the gold for downhill racing at the 2010 Winter Olympics, Vonn broke her two front teeth during a—you guessed it—skiing competition a few years ago. This past September, she went to the dentist to update her restoration and gave her followers a fascinating firsthand look at dental bonding, a technique for repairing a chipped or broken tooth.

Although dental bonding has been around for decades, it's taken a leap forward in the last few years because of improvements in bonding material. A mixture of plastic and glass components, composite resins can produce a strong and durable result when bonded to teeth. To begin the technique, the tooth's surface is prepared so that the composite resin can better adhere. Along with an adhesive agent, the bonding material is applied as a paste, which makes it easier to shape and sculpt for the most realistic look. This is usually done layer by layer, with each individual layer hardened with a curing light.

The technique allows us not only to achieve the right tooth shape, but also to incorporate your natural tooth color. We can tint the composite resin as we work so that your restored tooth blends seamlessly with the rest of your natural teeth. The result: A “new” tooth that's both beautiful and natural-looking.

What's more, dental bonding is more affordable than veneers or crowns and can often be done in a single visit. You will, however, need to exercise care with your new restoration. Although highly durable, it can be damaged if you bite into something hard. You'll also need to watch foods and beverages like tea or coffee that can stain the dental material.

Even so, we can help you regain the smile you once had before you took your teeth skiing—Lindsey Vonn-style—or whatever you were doing that resulted in a “whoopsie.” All it takes is a call for an appointment to start you on the path to a more attractive smile.

If you would like more information about cosmetic dental enhancements, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Repairing Chipped Teeth” and “Artistic Repair of Front Teeth With Composite Resin.”

By The Brace Place Orthodontics
October 25, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Overbite  

Problems with your dental alignment don't just affect how your smile looks. They also affect biting, chewing, and speaking. Dr. Josh Goldknopf of The Brace Place Orthodontics offers orthodontics in Ponte Vedra, and Jacksonville Beach, FL, to correct your dental alignment.

What Is an Overbite?

An overbite is a dental issue affecting your teeth's alignment. An overbite means your upper teeth extend farther than your lower teeth. Skeletal overbite is due to genetics affecting the shape of your teeth and jaw bone. On the other hand, overbites can occur due to childhood habits such as finger sucking and pacifier use that affect your jaw alignment.

Complications of Overbite

Untreated overbite affects more than your appearance. Possible health complications from overbites include:

  • Jaw pain
  • Gum disease
  • Trouble breathing
  • Severe headaches
  • Speech problems
  • Pain while eating

Correcting Your Overbite

Orthodontics in Ponte Vedra, and Jacksonville Beach, FL, can help correct your overbite. Overbite treatment is usually much easier on children and teenagers because their jaws are easier to manipulate. Setting up an orthodontic appointment with us if you've got an overbite is the first step of treatment. We will assess the degree of overbite during your appointment. We may require an X-ray to get a clearer picture of your dental problem. These exams and tests will help us develop a treatment plan.

Braces can help correct your overbite by using gentle pressure to shift your teeth into the proper position. We will walk you through your orthodontic options and so that you get the best results. In some cases, tooth extraction may be part of your orthodontic treatment. This option works better in children. The baby teeth are removed to create room for the child's permanent teeth to grow straight. Tooth extractions may be part of your orthodontic treatment in adults if other options aren't effective.

Don't ignore your overbite. Orthodontics in Ponte Vedra, and Jacksonville Beach, FL, can help improve your smile. Call (904) 222-8588 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Goldknopf of The Brace Place Orthodontics today.

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