Posts for: February, 2019
Find out why more and more adults are turning to our Ponte Vedra and Jacksonville Beach, FL, Orthodontist for braces.
While most people think of braces and think that it’s only something that children and teens have to go through, this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, many adults are able to get the smiles they want with help from orthodontic treatment. If you’ve ever wished that your smile was straighter and more aligned then it’s time to turn to our Jacksonville Beach, FL, orthodontist Dr. Josh Goldknopf to find out about your treatment options.
As an adult you could benefit from braces if you are dealing with:
- Cross bites
- Open bites
- Gaps between teeth
Why should you straighten your smile?
Besides the obvious benefit of having a more attractive smile, a straighter smile is also easier to care for than a misaligned one. In fact, misaligned smiles are more likely to develop cavities because certain areas may be more challenging to clean properly.
Also, teeth that are misaligned may also take on more chewing and biting pressure, which can lead to cracks or fractures over time. By getting a straighter smile you can maintain better oral health and protect your teeth from potential damage.
What are my orthodontic options?
When it comes to getting braces adults have many options. The type of braces you choose will depend on the severity of the issue you want to treat. The most common types of braces include,
Metal braces: traditional metal brackets and wires that are bonded to the front of your teeth
Clear braces: a traditional bracket-and-wire system that uses clear material instead of stainless steel
Lingual braces: traditional braces that are bonded to the back of your teeth
Clear aligners: this includes Invisalign and other removable aligner systems
We know that most adults are keen to find an orthodontic treatment that fits into their lifestyle and is more discreet; fortunately, there are several options that can help. More and more adults are turning to clear aligners such as Invisalign to help straighten their smiles without having to wear brackets and wires. Instead, they are given several custom-made aligners that cover the teeth and apply just the perfect amount of pressure to shift teeth into their ideal position.
If you are interested in discussing the different kinds of orthodontic treatments available to you in Jacksonville Beach or Ponte Vedra, FL, then call our office today to schedule a consultation with us. Turn to the smile experts at The Brace Place Orthodontics to give you the smile you want.
Say hello to a beautifully straight smile with help from this clear orthodontic system.
Are you an adult that is dealing with a crooked or misaligned smile? If so, our Ponte Vedra and Jacksonville Beach, FL, orthodontist Dr. Josh Goldknopf can help. Find out more about Invisalign, the clear alternative to a straighter smile, and how it could improve your appearance.
Here are just some of the wonderful benefits you’ll reap when you choose to get Invisalign:
A Healthier Smile
Most people don’t realize that a misaligned smile is actually prone to decay, gum disease and injuries. Think about it: If two teeth are overlapping isn’t it much harder to clean it properly and to thoroughly remove plaque? plaque that sits on teeth too long can lead to cavities. By getting a straighter smile you are also promoting better oral health for the long run.
A More Attractive Appearance
A lot of our confidence stems from our appearance. After all, first impressions are often based on the way we look. If you want a smile that exudes success and confidence then you’ll want a smile that you think is perfect. Luckily, getting Invisalign can give you the smile you want so you can feel more confident smiling in public.
A Discreet Approach
When it comes to braces, most people think of the standard bracket-and-wire system. While these systems are ideal for handling more complicated tooth movements they are visible. We know that many adults want to be able to hide their braces but still get a straighter smile. This is where Invisalign comes in. Clear, custom-made aligners fit snugly against the top and bottom teeth, making them far less visible than traditional braces.
Don’t Restrict Your Diet
When wearing traditional braces you’ll have to stay away from certain crunchy, sticky or hard foods that could damage or pull off your braces. This isn’t the case with Invisalign. Just pop out your aligners prior to eating or drinking then brush your teeth and place them back in when you’re done. Enjoy all of your favorite foods while also working to get a straighter smile.
Keep Teeth Clean
It can be challenging to be able to brush around brackets and wires and often times those with braces find themselves dealing with decay if they aren’t careful. Luckily, since Invisalign aligners are removable you can easily clean and maintain a healthy smile without having to stress about flossing around or between your braces.
The Brace Place Orthodontics provides comprehensive orthodontic treatment to patients of all ages living in the Jacksonville Beach and Ponte Vedra, FL, areas. If you are interested in discussing Invisalign or other orthodontic options with us then give us a call.
Lately, you’ve noticed your young child’s primary teeth don’t appear to be coming in straight. Is it a problem?
The answer to that question is best answered by an early orthodontic evaluation performed by an orthodontist. It’s advisable for a child as young as 7 to undergo such an exam.
While a child’s primary teeth have a short life span of a few years, that doesn’t make them less important than the permanent teeth that replace them. In fact, they’re extremely influential for permanent tooth development — each one serves as a guide for its replacement to erupt in a proper position. A future malocclusion (bad bite) that becomes more apparent later in life would have been well underway years before.
Orthodontists have the training and expertise to spot these emerging problems in their early stages. Early detection can reduce the extent — and costliness — of future orthodontic treatment by introducing preventative or interceptive measures — even while there’s still a mix of primary and permanent teeth in the mouth. For example, a child wearing a simple type of retainer that influences the development of the bite could minimize or even correct a growing malocclusion.
You can also take advantage of opportunities to discover potential orthodontic problems early through a general or pediatric dentist. By having regular dental cleanings and checkups, the dentist might observe early bite development that should be reviewed by an orthodontist. If not, it’s still a good idea to undergo an orthodontic evaluation no later than age 7.
Given the stage of jaw and facial structure development, waiting until puberty to focus on orthodontic problems may be too late for some problems — and much more expensive than if caught and treated earlier. Getting ahead of these issues earlier in your child’s dental development will help ensure they’ll have a healthy bite throughout their life.
If you would like more information on early orthodontic monitoring, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Early Orthodontic Evaluation” and “Preventative & Cost Saving Orthodontics.”
While crooked teeth are usually responsible for a malocclusion (poor bite), the root cause could go deeper: a malformed maxilla, a composite structure composed of the upper jaw and palate. If that’s the case, it will take more than braces to correct the bite.
The maxilla actually begins as two bones that fit together along a center line in the roof of the mouth called the midline suture, running back to front in the mouth. The suture remains open in young children to allow for jaw growth, but eventually fuses during adolescence.
Problems arise, though, when these bones don’t fully develop. This can cause the jaw to become too narrow and lead to crowding among the erupting teeth and a compromised airway that can lead to obstructive sleep apnea. This can create a cross-bite where the upper back teeth bite inside their lower counterparts, the opposite of normal.
We can remedy this by stimulating more bone growth along the midline suture before it fuses, resulting in a wider maxilla. We do this by installing a palatal expander, an appliance that incrementally widens the suture to encourage bone formation in the gap, which over time will widen the jaw.
An expander is a metal device with “legs” extending out on both sides and whose ends fit along the inside of the teeth. A gear mechanism in the center extends the legs to push against the teeth on both sides of the jaw. Each day the patient or caregiver uses a key to give the gear a quarter turn to extend the legs a little more and widen the suture gap. We remove the expander once the jaw widens to the appropriate distance.
A palatal expander is an effective, cost-efficient way to improve a bite caused by a narrow jaw, but only if attempted before the bones fuse. Widening the jaw after fusion requires surgery to separate the bones — a much more involved and expensive process.
To make sure your child is on the right track with their bite be sure to see an orthodontist for an evaluation around age 6. Doing so will make it easier to intervene at the proper time with treatments like a palatal expander, and perhaps correct bite problems before they become more expensive to treat.
If you would like more information on treating malocclusions, 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 “Palatal Expanders: Orthodontics is more than just Moving Teeth.”