Orthodontic treatment can breathe new life into your smile, straightening your teeth and correcting your bite issues. However, with several options to choose from, you may feel overwhelmed when choosing the best type of braces for you. Find out more about your orthodontic options and how you can determine which is the best for you with Dr. Josh Goldknopf at The Brace Place Orthodontics with locations in Jacksonville Beach, FL, and Ponte Vedra, FL.
Do I need braces?
Orthodontic care can benefit patients in various situations. Misaligned teeth are perhaps the most commonly-known reason to need braces. However, orthodontic care can do much more, from correcting a bite issue, such as overbite or underbite, to helping align your teeth to make eating or chewing more efficient. A consultation with your orthodontist can help you determine in which ways braces can benefit your smile, answer your questions, and address any concerns you may have.
What are my orthodontic options?
Though you may envision a mouth of metal wires and brackets when you think of braces, you have additional options which may better fit your lifestyle or preferences:
- Traditional Braces: Traditional braces use metal brackets and wires permanently attached to the teeth during treatment. These elements slowly move the teeth into their new, corrected locations along a predetermined path.
- Ceramic Braces: Ceramic braces use the same principals as traditional braces — but with a twist. Rather than being made from metal, the brackets and wires are tooth-colored ceramic, helping camouflage them into your natural smile and giving them a subtler appearance.
- Invisalign: Invisalign uses a different approach altogether than other orthodontic options: clear plastic aligner trays. The trays, which come in a series, are worn one after another for about two weeks each. Though it uses the same idea as traditional braces — placing pressure onto the teeth to move them — Invisalign’s trays give it an almost invisible appearance and allow them to be completely removable. This lets you remove your trays to eat or brush your teeth easier and more efficiently.
Orthodontic Treatment in Jacksonville Beach, FL, and Ponte Vedra, FL
For more information on orthodontic care for your smile, please contact Dr. Josh Goldknopf at The Brace Place Orthodontics with locations in Jacksonville Beach, FL, and Ponte Vedra, FL. Call (904) 249-0037 to schedule your appointment at either of the two offices today!
On your way to a more attractive smile, you’ll have to deal with some inconveniences while wearing braces like avoiding certain foods or habits or dealing with possible embarrassment about your new “metal smile.” But there’s one consequence of wearing braces that could dramatically affect your dental health: the difficulty they pose for keeping your teeth clean of dental plaque.
Dental plaque is a thin film of bacteria and food particles that if allowed to build up on tooth surfaces could trigger tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease. Brushing and flossing thoroughly every day helps prevent this buildup.
Unfortunately, metal brackets and wires can get in the way and cause you to miss areas while performing these hygiene tasks. This could cause plaque buildup in those isolated areas that could trigger an infection. And if you (or someone you love) are also a teenager, the natural adolescent surge in hormones can increase your infection risk.
If while wearing braces you notice your gums are reddened, swollen or bleeding when you brush, these are all signs of infection and the body’s inflammatory response to it. The longer the infection continues, the weaker the tissues become, causing them to gradually detach from the teeth. Along with bone deterioration (another effect of the disease), this can ultimately lead to tooth loss.
To prevent this from happening, you’ll need to be as thorough as possible with daily brushing and flossing. To help make it easier, you can use special tools like an interproximal brush that can maneuver around the braces better than a regular brush. For flossing you can use a floss threader to more readily guide floss between teeth or a water flosser that uses a pressurized stream of water rather than floss thread to remove plaque.
This extra cleaning effort while wearing braces can greatly reduce your disease risk. But you’ll still need to keep an eye out for any symptoms like swollen or bleeding gums, and see your dentist as soon as possible. If the symptoms become severe you may need your braces removed until the disease can be brought under control. The health and future vitality of your teeth and gums is what’s of primary importance.
If you would like more information on dental care while wearing braces, 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 “Gum Swelling During Orthodontics.”
As December brings the old year to a close, it’s a great time to set goals for the year to come. This might include a major life change, such as a new job—or even a new romance! If one of these items is on your list for 2019, a smile makeover may be just the thing to help you get there.
Having a great smile can give your self-confidence a real boost. It can also affect how you are perceived by others. According to a survey by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 99.7% of adults believe a smile is an important social asset and 96% believe an attractive smile makes a person more appealing to members of the opposite sex. At the same time, three quarters of adults feel that an unattractive smile can hurt a person’s chances for career success.
If you aren’t pleased with your smile and want a new look, we can help you figure out which cosmetic dental treatments could be right for you. The answer might be something simple—like an overall brightening of the smile with professional teeth whitening, or fixing a small crack or chip in a single tooth with cosmetic tooth bonding. If you’re unhappy with worn-down or crooked teeth, dental veneers or orthodontic treatment might be the way to go. In fact, many adults find that orthodontic treatment with clear aligners is a great way to get a beautiful, straight smile without drawing attention to the fact that a makeover is in progress.
Of course, it’s not only important for your smile to look good but also for your whole mouth to stay healthy. So if you are experiencing any tooth pain, unusual mouth sores or gum problems, it’s time for you to come in for an exam. And if it’s been a while since you’ve had a dental checkup and professional teeth cleaning, why not make an appointment for early in the year? Don’t start the new year with last year’s dental problems!
If you would like more information about cosmetic dental treatments or preventive dentistry, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “How Your Dentist Can Help You Look Younger” and “Dental Hygiene Visit.”
Which Braces Are Right for You?
Many people don't have perfect teeth—sometimes teeth just don't grow in evenly! If you feel like fixing these issues, however, many different types of braces are available to straighten and align your smile. Led by Dr. Josh Goldknopf, The Brace Place (with offices in Ponte Vedra, FL, and Jacksonville Beach, FL) offers braces to patients with teeth alignment issues. The following information will help you determine which type of braces is right for you!
1. Metal Braces
Metal braces are the most common type of dental braces on the market. Made of stainless steel, metal dental braces straighten your teeth using metal archwires and brackets. Today, dentists offer metal braces that are much smaller and more comfortable than the bulky braces that everyone remembers. Metal braces are an effective teeth straightening method and also the least expensive option.
2. Ceramic Braces
Ceramic braces are the same size and shape as traditional metal braces, but they have tooth-colored brackets that blend in with your teeth. Some ceramic braces even use tooth-colored wires to be less noticeable. These braces often cost more than regular dental braces because of the materials involved.
Invisalign is the clear alternative to traditional metal braces for patients. Invisalign straightens teeth using removable aligners that are custom-fitted for your teeth. Invisalign straightens your smile through the placement of controlled force on the teeth. Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible and very comfortable to wear. The aligners are removable, so you can eat and drink whatever you want, whenever you want. The typical price of Invisalign braces is usually higher than regular braces.
4. Lingual Braces
Lingual braces are the same as metal braces, except that the wires and brackets are placed on the back of the teeth. Because the hardware is on the back of the teeth, lingual braces are invisible. Lingual braces cost more than metal braces because they're a custom solution that has been made in a laboratory to fit your teeth.
Interested? Call One of Our Locations In Either Ponte Vedra or Jacksonville Beach Today!
Want a better life? Start with your smile. Take the first step towards an extraordinary smile today by calling The Brace Place at 904-222-8588 to schedule a dental consultation in Ponte Vedra, FL, or Jacksonville Beach, FL. You'll be on your way to straighter teeth and an extraordinary smile!
When die-hard music fans hear that their favorite performer is canceling a gig, it’s a big disappointment—especially if the excuse seems less than earth-shaking. Recently, British pop sensation Dua Lipa needed to drop two dates from her world tour with Bruno Mars. However, she had a very good reason.
“I’ve been performing with an awful pain due to my wisdom teeth,” the singer tweeted, “and as advised by my dentist and oral surgeon I have had to have them imminently removed.”
The dental problem Lipa had to deal with, impacted wisdom teeth, is not uncommon in young adults. Also called third molars, wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt (emerge from beneath the gums), generally making their appearance between the ages of 18-24. But their debut can cause trouble: Many times, these teeth develop in a way that makes it impossible for them to erupt without negatively affecting the healthy teeth nearby. In this situation, the teeth are called “impacted.”
A number of issues can cause impacted wisdom teeth, including a tooth in an abnormal position, a lack of sufficient space in the jaw, or an obstruction that prevents proper emergence. The most common treatment for impaction is to extract (remove) one or more of the wisdom teeth. This is a routine in-office procedure that may be performed by general dentists or dental specialists.
It’s thought that perhaps 7 out of 10 people ages 20-30 have at least one impacted wisdom tooth. Some cause pain and need to be removed right away; however, this is not always the case. If a wisdom tooth is found to be impacted and is likely to result in future problems, it may be best to have it extracted before symptoms appear. Unfortunately, even with x-rays and other diagnostic tests, it isn’t always possible to predict exactly when—or if—the tooth will actually begin causing trouble. In some situations, the best option may be to carefully monitor the tooth at regular intervals and wait for a clearer sign of whether extraction is necessary.
So if you’re around the age when wisdom teeth are beginning to appear, make sure not to skip your routine dental appointments. That way, you might avoid emergency surgery when you’ve got other plans—like maybe your own world tour!
If you would like more information about wisdom tooth extraction, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Wisdom Teeth” and “Removing Wisdom Teeth.”
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