Posts for: March, 2018
You may believe that the time for improving your smile with orthodontic care is long past and that this procedure is reserved for young people. On the other hand, you think that traditional metal braces would compromise your look more than a straightened smile would benefit your teeth. However, you can now straighten your smile and correct your bite discreetly and effectively with Invisalign. Find out more about Invisalign with Dr. Josh Goldknopf at The Brace Place Orthodontics with locations in Jacksonville Beach and Ponte Vedra, FL.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a method of orthodontic treatment which eliminates the need for metal brackets and wires permanently attached to the teeth. Instead, Invisalign allows the wearer to straighten their smile using clear, plastic aligner trays. The trays come in a series, the number of which varies from patient to patient, and are worn for about two weeks at a time. Thanks to their design, the trays can be removed to brush, floss, or eat.
How does Invisalign work?
Before beginning treatment, your orthodontist will take a 3D model of your mouth to send to Invisalign’s laboratory. There, technicians will create a video displaying the route on which your teeth will move, including your final results. After you and your orthodontist’s approval, the trays are customized to your mouth’s specifications.
During treatment, Invisalign’s aligner trays use pressure carefully pinpointed to certain areas of the teeth to move them into their final positions. Your dentist may recommend using small, tooth-colored bumps called attachments affixed to the surface of the teeth to further direct the trays’ pressure.
Can Invisalign help me?
Invisalign is recommended for patients over the age of 12 with a strong at-home oral care routine. Failing to properly care for the teeth by brushing twice daily and flossing at least once can cause teeth decay or gum disease which could lengthen treatment times or hinder your final results. Additionally, patients should understand that they need to see their dentist about every six weeks for routine maintenance and check-ups.
The Benefits of Invisalign in Jacksonville Beach and Ponte Vedra
Traditional braces remain permanently on the teeth throughout treatment. Since Invisalign is removable, you can brush, floss, and eat just as you would before braces. Though patients should wear their trays for at least 22 hours a day, they can also be removed for special occasions like the prom or a public speaking engagement.
For more information on Invisalign, please contact Dr. Goldknopf at The Brace Place Orthodontics with locations in Jacksonville Beach and Ponte Vedra, FL. Call (904) 222-8588 to schedule your appointment at either location today!
The primary goal of dental care is to preserve teeth. But there are circumstances in which removing a tooth, even a relatively healthy one, could prove best in the long run.
A malocclusion (poor bite) related to crowding might fit such a circumstance. Crowding occurs when the size of the jaw is too small for the teeth coming in. With not enough space, some teeth could erupt out of their proper positions. Removing certain teeth frees up space to eventually allow braces or other orthodontic devices to re-align the teeth.
The teeth most frequently removed are the first bicuspids, located between the cuspid (the "eyeteeth" directly under the eyes) and the back teeth, and the second premolar. Removing these won't normally affect appearance or functionality once orthodontic or cosmetic treatments are complete.
Because of the mechanics of jaw development it might be necessary to perform these extractions several years before orthodontic treatment. This could create another potential problem: the time lag could adversely affect bone health.
This is because bone, as living tissue, has a life cycle with cells forming, functioning and then dissolving, and new cells taking their place. When teeth are chewing or in contact with each other they generate force that travels through the tooth roots to the bone and stimulates cell growth at a healthy replacement rate.
But when a tooth is missing, so is this stimulation. This slows the replacement rate and eventually leads to decreased bone volume. Too much bone loss could create obstacles for orthodontic treatment or a future dental implant.
To avoid this, the dentist will often place a bone graft with processed bone mineral within the empty tooth socket right after extraction. The graft serves as a scaffold for bone cells to grow upon. The graft (plus any other added growth boosters) can help maintain a healthy level of bone volume to facilitate future orthodontic or restorative treatments.
Since targeted extraction for orthodontics is time-sensitive, you should have your child's bite evaluated by an orthodontist by age 7 to see if any action is necessary. The earlier a malocclusion is detected, the more likely a more attractive and healthy smile will be the ultimate outcome.
If you would like more information on correcting poor bites, 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 “Tooth Removal for Orthodontic Reasons.”
During his former career as a professional footballer (that's a soccer star to U.S. sports fans) David Beckham was known for his skill at “bending” a soccer ball. His ability to make the ball curve in mid-flight — to avoid a defender or score a goal — led scores of kids to try to “bend it like Beckham.” But just recently, while enjoying a vacation in Canada with his family, “Becks” tried snowboarding for the first time — and in the process, broke one of his front teeth.
Some fans worried that the missing tooth could be a “red card” for Beckham's current modeling career… but fortunately, he headed straight to the dental office as soon as he arrived back in England. Exactly what kind of treatment is needed for a broken tooth? It all depends where the break is and how badly the tooth is damaged.
For a minor crack or chip, cosmetic bonding may offer a quick and effective solution. In this procedure, a composite resin, in a color custom-made to match the tooth, is applied in liquid form and cured (hardened) with a special light. Several layers of bonding material can be applied to re-construct a larger area of missing tooth, and chips that have been saved can sometimes be reattached as well.
When more tooth structure is missing, dental veneers may be the preferred restorative option. Veneers are wafer-thin shells that are bonded to the front surface of the teeth. They can not only correct small chips or cracks, but can also improve the color, spacing, and shape of your teeth.
But if the damage exposes the soft inner pulp of the tooth, root canal treatment will be needed to save the tooth. In this procedure, the inflamed or infected pulp tissue is removed and the tooth sealed against re-infection; if a root canal is not done when needed, the tooth will have an increased risk for extraction in the future. Following a root canal, a tooth is often restored with a crown (cap), which can look good and function well for many years.
Sometimes, a tooth may be knocked completely out of its socket; or, a severely damaged tooth may need to be extracted (removed). In either situation, the best option for restoration is a dental implant. Here, a tiny screw-like device made of titanium metal is inserted into the jaw bone in a minor surgical procedure. Over time, it fuses with the living bone to form a solid anchorage. A lifelike crown is attached, which provides aesthetic appeal and full function for the replacement tooth.
So how's Beckham holding up? According to sources, “David is a trooper and didn't make a fuss. He took it all in his stride." Maybe next time he hits the slopes, he'll heed the advice of dental experts and wear a custom-made mouthguard…
If you have questions about restoring damaged teeth, please contact our office to schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Trauma and Nerve Damage to Teeth” and “Children's Dental Concerns and Injuries.”