Posts for: December, 2019
Moving teeth to better positions through orthodontics not only improves dental function and health, it can vastly improve your appearance. But to achieve a result that continues to be attractive as you age requires thorough planning and forethought.
That’s because your body continues to change all during life. While the most accelerated growth happens in childhood and adolescence, even older adults continue to change, especially in their facial features. A good deal of research has helped identify and catalog these changes, which orthodontists now incorporate into their corrective treatments for poor bites (malocclusions).
For example, the lips grow until they reach their maximum thickness in girls usually around age 14 and boys age 16. But researchers have also found lip thickness gradually diminishes for most people beginning in their late teens until about age 80. In other words, the appearance of your lips in your elderly years will be vastly different than in your teens. The same holds true for other facial features: our facial profile flattens as the nose becomes longer and more pronounced while the lower part of the face shortens.
Using this knowledge of the effects of aging on the face, orthodontists now attempt to anticipate “where” the facial features will be decades down the road. This projection can help them design a treatment plan that takes advantage of these projected changes.
For example, orthodontists may begin treatment before a patient’s teenage years with techniques that serve to guide jaw growth. Keeping that development on track will help if or when braces may be needed a few years later. Guiding jaw growth will help shorten the distance of where a patient is in their orofacial development and where they should be later in life with normal development.
Orthodontists aren’t predictors of the future. But armed with an understanding of the aging process, they can help patients head in the right direction to produce a smile and facial appearance that will endure well into later life.
If you would like more information on moving teeth to achieve a more attractive appearance, 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 “Understanding Aging Makes Beauty Timeless.”
If you're an adult, wearing metal braces may not seem very appealing. Fortunately, Invisalign, offered by your Ponte Vedra and Jacksonville, FL, Orthodontist, Dr. Josh Goldknopf, provides a much more discreet straightening choice.
The Invisalign system uses clear aligner trays to reposition your teeth. The transparent trays fit your upper and lower teeth snugly and don't detract from your appearance. You'll be given a series of trays and will wear each set in the series for about two weeks.
Invisalign is a convenient orthodontic option
Despite the nearly invisible appearance of your aligner trays, it may not always be convenient to wear them. Fortunately, you can remove them for a few hours if you're attending a dinner or other event. You'll normally wear the trays for 20 to 22 hours per day.
Invisalign treatment won't require any changes to your diet, unlike metal or ceramic braces. You'll remove your trays when you eat or drink anything other than water. As soon as you finish eating or drinking, you'll rinse your trays and put them back in your mouth.
Your oral hygiene routine won't need to change just because you're straightening your teeth. After you remove the trays, you can brush and floss normally.
You're never too old for Invisalign
Whether you've had an issue with your teeth since childhood, or you've noticed that your teeth have begun to shift in the last few years, Invisalign is an excellent option. Invisalign not only straightens teeth but closes gaps and is an effective treatment for underbites, overbites, crossbites and open bites.
Your treatment may not take as long as you think
Your Invisalign treatment may be completed much sooner than you anticipated. In fact, you may only need to wear your aligner trays for six to 12 months if you're an adult.
You won't have to make time for frequent dental visits
If you choose metal or ceramic braces, you'll need to visit your dentist often for wire adjustments. Since Invisalign is a wire-free system, there are no adjustments. You'll only need to schedule follow-up visits every six weeks.
Transform your smile with Invisalign. Call your Ponte Vedra and Jacksonville, FL, Orthodontist, Dr. Josh Goldknopf, at (904) 222-8588 to schedule your appointment.
Celebrities’ controversial actions and opinions frequently spark fiery debates on social media. But actress Dakota Johnson lit a match to online platforms in a seemingly innocent way—through orthodontics.
This summer she appeared at the premier of her film The Peanut Butter Falcon missing the trademark gap between her front teeth. Interestingly, it happened a little differently than you might think: Her orthodontist removed a permanent retainer attached to the back of her teeth, and the gap closed on its own.
Tooth gaps are otherwise routinely closed with braces or other forms of orthodontics. But, as the back and forth that ensued over Johnson’s new look shows, a number of people don’t think that’s a good idea: It’s not just a gap—it’s your gap, a part of your own uniqueness.
Someone who might be sympathetic to that viewpoint is Michael Strahan, a host on Good Morning America. Right after the former football star began his NFL career, he strongly considered closing the noticeable gap between his two front teeth. In the end, though, he opted to keep it, deciding it was a defining part of his appearance.
But consider another point of view: If it truly is your gap (or whatever other quirky smile “defect” you may have), you can do whatever you want with it—it really is your choice. And, on that score, you have options.
You can have a significant gap closed with orthodontics or, if it’s only a slight gap or other defect, you can improve your appearance with the help of porcelain veneers or crowns. You can also preserve a perceived flaw even while undergoing cosmetic enhancements or restorations. Implant-supported replacement teeth, for example, can be fashioned to retain unique features of your former smile like a tooth gap.
If you’re considering a “smile makeover,” we’ll blend your expectations and desires into the design plans for your future smile. In the case of something unique like a tooth gap, we’ll work closely with dental technicians to create restorations that either include or exclude the gap or other characteristics as you wish.
Regardless of the debate raging on social media, the final arbiter of what a smile should look like is the person wearing it. Our goal is to make sure your new smile reflects the real you.
If you would like more information about cosmetically enhancing your smile, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Space Between Front Teeth” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”
Have you heard about interceptive orthodontics? This type of early intervention could benefit perhaps 10â??20% of children who need orthodontic treatment, making a positive impact on tooth and jaw development, facial symmetry, and overall self esteem. In case you’re not familiar with it, here are the answers to some common questions about interceptive orthodontic treatment.
Q: What’s the difference between interceptive orthodontics and regular orthodontics?
A: Standard orthodontic treatment typically involves moving teeth into better positions (usually with braces or aligners), and can be done at any age. Interceptive orthodontics uses a variety of techniques to influence the growth and development of teeth and jaws, with the aim of improving their function and appearance. Because it works with the body’s natural growth processes, interceptive treatment is most effective before the onset of puberty (around age 10-14), when growth begins to stop. It is generally not appropriate for adults.
Q: What are the advantages of early treatment with interceptive orthodontics?
A: When it’s done at the right time, interceptive treatment offers results that would be difficult or impossible to achieve at an older age without using more complex or invasive methods — for example, tooth extraction or jaw surgery. That’s why the American Association of Orthodontists, among other professional organizations, recommends that all kids have their first orthodontic screening at age 7.
Q: What are some common issues that can be treated with interceptive orthodontics?
A: One is crowding, where there is not enough room in the jaw to accommodate all the permanent teeth with proper spacing in between. A palatal expander can be used to create more room in the jaw and avoid the need for tooth extraction. Another is a situation where the top and bottom jaws don’t develop at the same rate, resulting in a serious malocclusion (bad bite). A number of special appliances may be used to promote or restrict jaw growth, which can help resolve these problems.
Q: How long does interceptive orthodontic treatment take?
A: Depending on what’s needed, a child might wear a device like a palatal expander or another type of appliance for 6-12 months, followed by a retainer for a period of time. Or, a space maintainer may be left in place for a period of months to hold a place for a permanent tooth to erupt (emerge from the gums). Interceptive treatment ends when a child’s jaw stops growing.
Q: Will braces still be needed after interceptive treatment?
A: Often, but not always, the answer is yes. However, interceptive treatment may shorten the period of time where braces need to be worn, and can help prevent many problems later on.
If you have additional questions about interceptive orthodontics, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Early Orthodontic Evaluation.”
Being a teen can be tough, and at an age when most are feeling self-conscious, a discreet way to fix crooked, gapped, or uneven teeth can be a lifesaver. While traditional braces remain an effective way for youth to achieve a straight smile, Invisalign is becoming an increasingly popular option for its ease, comfort, and appearance.
Once recommended only for adults, Invisalign now has options designed for teens to ensure proper usage and room to accommodate still-growing teeth. Here at Brace Place Orthodontics in both Jacksonville Beach and Ponte Vedra, orthodontist Josh GoldKnopf, DDS, PA, offers the latest in Invisalign to help you decide if these aligners are a good choice for your teen.
What are the advantages of Invisalign?
Aligners forgo the wires and brackets used for braces, instead, opting to use a series of clear, flexible, and sturdy plastic aligners to straighten and properly space your teeth. Less conspicuous than braces, these aligners from our offices in Jacksonville Beach and Ponte Vedra are molded to fit snugly over your teeth to make them virtually undetectable.
If your teen has a tendency to lose or break things, aligners have the advantage of coming with regular replacement sets. Your orthodontist will create a series of aligners to be rotated every few weeks as the teeth begin to shift.
Your teen may also find Invisalign to be quite comfortable, as the aligners are designed to concentrate on just a few teeth at a time, reducing the risk of soreness or pressure as the teeth move into place.
From a care standpoint, aligners are easily removed for brushing and flossing, making dental hygiene a breeze.
How can I make sure my teen is wearing their aligners?
Our offices offer special aligners that show you, your teen, and the orthodontist if the aligners are being worn for the recommended 22 hours a day. Colored dots serve as "compliance indicators," fading gradually as the aligners are in use. If your teen has teeth that are still "erupting," our aligners come with special tabs to create space for teeth to continually grow.
Interested? Give us a call
Orthodontist Josh Goldknopf is just a call away at 904-222-8588. Make an appointment at either our office in Jacksonville Beach or our location in Ponte Vedra today!