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By The Brace Place Orthodontics
January 29, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: braces  

If you required braces growing up there is a chance your child may need them as well. They are an essential step of childhood to help them avoid dealing with complications in the future. To learn more about all the ways braces can improve your child's dental health get in contact with your Jacksonville Beach orthodontist Dr. Josh Goldknopf of The Brace Place with offices in Jacksonville Beach, FL, and Ponte Vedra, FL.

What to Look For

Some of the easier to identify signs that your child may need braces include thumb-sucking after the age of two, mouth breathing, of if biting their tongue or cheek is something that they do regularly.

Thumb sucking especially, depending on when it's ultimately addressed, can leave lasting dental problems. Problems which braces can correct, and the sooner they are corrected the better.

The same goes for problems like teeth that are bunched, crooked, or a bite that doesn't come together properly.

Bunched or crooked teeth can make dental hygiene difficult, as plaque can hide in between them, which could lead to possible decay, and in turn cavities and gum disease.

An underbite or overbite can wear teeth with time, eroding the protective enamel of their teeth which could open the door to decay. A number of other difficulties also sometimes accompany these like temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ), possible speech issues, and challenges with chewing.

Braces in Jacksonville Beach, FL, and Ponte Vedra, FL

Not all signs that your child may require braces are easy to notice, and some are easy to overlook. So the best way to know for sure is to have your child see their dentist on a regular basis. Even from a very young age, your child's orthodontist can determine if they will require some form of corrective treatment. So make an appointment today with Dr. Goldknopf of The Brace Place in Jacksonville Beach, FL, and Ponte Vedra, FL, by dialing (904) 222-8588.

By The Brace Place Orthodontics
January 26, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: braces   oral health  

Let Braces Improve Your Oral Health.

It's not too late to consider braces, as more and more adults are turning to them to address problems not corrected in childhood. There isn't the stigma around them there once was as the treatment is more than just about improving the way your smile looks, but also your dental health. To learn more contact local your orthodontist Dr. Josh Goldknopf of The Brace Place with offices in Jacksonville Beach, FL, and Ponte Vedra, FL.

Correcting Your Smile

Correcting your smile serves more than aesthetic goals. Crowded, crooked teeth or bites that don't adequately meet are imperfections that take away from your smile, but also carry with them dental health problems that will only worsen if left unattended.

Teeth that are too close to each other can make it very difficult to clean in between them with a brush or floss. Plaque can accumulate in these hard to reach spaces and the bacteria that call it home create acids as they consume the food that gets stuck there. These acids wear away the enamel on your teeth leading to decay.

Bad bites, such as overbites and underbites, can similarly cause the enamel to wear as your teeth rub over each other. But decay isn't the only problem related to bite-related conditions. They can cause temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ) and general jaw pain.

But thankfully, braces can address these and other concerns.

Orthodontic Treatment in Jacksonville Beach, FL, and Ponte Vedra, FL

Dental problems do not go away on their own, quite the contrary, the more you wait the more you increase your chances of a complication down the line. Braces can set right your smile to help avoid these and in turn, you will have one that you'll be proud to show off.

Make an appointment today with your orthodontist Dr. Goldknopf of The Brace Place in Jacksonville Beach, FL, and Ponte Vedra, FL, by dialing (904) 249-0037.

By The Brace Place Orthodontics
January 21, 2021
Category: Oral Health

Is a “teeth crush” a thing? According to a recent confession by Lucy Hale, it is. Hale, who has played Aria Montgomery for seven seasons on the hit TV show Pretty Little Liars, admitted her fascination with other people's smiles to Kelly Clarkson during a recent episode of the latter's talk show (Clarkson seems to share her obsession).

Among Hale's favorite “grills”: rappers Cardi B and Post Malone, Julia Roberts, Drake and Madonna. Although some of their smiles aren't picture-perfect, Hale admires how the person makes it work for them: “I love when you embrace what makes you quirky.”

So, how can you make your smile more attractive, but uniquely you? Here are a few ways to gain a smile that other people just might “crush” over.

Keep it clean. Actually, one of the best things you can do to maintain an attractive smile is to brush and floss daily to remove bacterial plaque. Consistent oral hygiene offers a “twofer”: It removes the plaque that can dull your teeth, and it lowers your risk of dental disease that could also foul up your smile. In addition to your daily oral hygiene routine at home, professional teeth cleanings are necessary to get at those hard-to-reach spots you miss with your toothbrush and floss and to remove tartar (calculus) that requires the use of special tools.

Brighten things up. Even with dedicated hygiene, teeth may still yellow from staining and aging. But teeth-whitening techniques can put the dazzle back in your smile. In just one visit to the dental office, it's possible to lighten teeth by up to ten shades for a difference you can see right away. It's also possible to do teeth whitening at home over several weeks using custom-made trays that fit over your teeth and safe whitening solutions that we provide.

Hide tooth flaws. Chipped, stained or slightly gapped teeth can detract from your smile. But bonding or dental veneers, thin layers of porcelain custom-made for your teeth, mask those unsightly blemishes. Minimally invasive, these techniques can turn a lackluster smile into one that gets noticed.

Straighten out your smile. Although the main goal for orthodontically straightening teeth is to improve dental health and function, it can also give you a more attractive smile. And even if you're well past your teen years, it's not too late: As long as you're reasonably healthy, you can straighten a crooked smile with braces or clear aligners at any age.

Sometimes a simple technique or procedure can work wonders, but perhaps your smile could benefit more from a full makeover. If this is your situation, talk to us about a more comprehensive smile renovation.  Treatments like dental implants for missing teeth combined with various tooth replacement options, crown lengthening for gummy smiles or tooth extractions to help orthodontics can be combined to completely transform your smile.

There's no need to put up with a smile that's less than you want it to be. Whether a simple cosmetic procedure or a multi-specialty makeover, you can have a smile that puts the “crush” in “teeth crush.”

If you would like more information about cosmetic measures for enhancing your smile, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening” and “Porcelain Veneers.”

By The Brace Place Orthodontics
January 19, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: braces   Cavities   Cavity  

How your orthodontist in Jacksonville Beach, FL can help you have a healthy smile

People often wonder if they can get cavities when they have braces. The short answer is YES, but the truth is, there is a lot you can do to prevent cavities from forming, even if you have braces.

Dr. Josh Goldknopf at The Brace Place offers a wide range of orthodontic services, including cavity prevention. He has two convenient office locations in Jacksonville Beach, and Ponte Vedra, FL to help you have a healthy smile.

Before you are fitted for braces, it’s very important to have any decay treated by your dentist. After all of the decay is treated, then you are ready for orthodontic treatment.

Traditional braces consist of brackets, which are attached to your teeth, and wires, which are attached to the brackets.

To prevent cavities, you need to remove plaque, which contains millions of harmful bacteria that cause cavities. This means you have to clean in between your teeth, which can be difficult with brackets and wires.

When you brush your teeth, remember to brush after meals and before you go to bed. Try to brush areas separately, first above the wire and along the gum line, second, brush the bracket area, and third, brush below the wire. It may be helpful to invest in a sonic or electric toothbrush because of its pulsating action.

When you floss, remember to floss at least once each day. You will have to pull the floss underneath the wire, so you can get the floss in between your teeth. To do this, you can use a floss-threading tool. This tool allows you to thread the floss in between your teeth, just like a needle and thread.

You can also use an interdental brush, which is a tiny, cylindrical brush. The interdental brush can be used to gently clean around the brackets and wires. A toothpick is also helpful to clean small areas and between your teeth.

You can get cavities even with braces, but you can do a lot to prevent cavities too. To find out more about cavity prevention during orthodontic treatment and beyond, call Dr. Josh Goldknopf at The Brace Place, in Jacksonville Beach, FL, at (904) 249-0037. Call today!

By The Brace Place Orthodontics
January 11, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures

If you've decided to straighten your teeth, you've made a wise choice for both your dental health and your smile. Now you may be facing another decision—which method to use for bite correction.

Not too long ago people had only one choice—traditional braces all the way. But that changed with the introduction of clear aligners, a series of removable plastic trays worn one after the other to realign teeth. In all but a few situations, clear aligners accomplish the same outcome as braces but without the conspicuous appearance and, thanks to their removability, difficulty in brushing and flossing teeth.

And now, a recent innovation in orthodontics could give you a third option—lingual braces. These are braces fixed to the back of teeth adjacent to the tongue (hence the term “lingual”), rather than on the front as with traditional braces. They essentially perform the same action, only instead of “pushing” teeth like traditional braces, they “pull” the teeth to the target positions. Lingual braces may also ease certain disadvantages people find with traditional braces or clear aligners.

If you're into martial arts, for instance, you may encounter blows to the face that increase your injury risk while wearing traditional braces. Likewise, if you're highly social, clear aligners can be a hassle to take out and keep up with if you're frequently eating in public. Lingual braces answer both types of issues: They won't damage your lips or gums in the case of blunt force facial contact; and they remain out of sight, out of mind in social situations.

Before considering lingual braces, though, keep in mind that they may cost 15-35 percent more than traditional braces. They also take time for some people to get used to because of how they feel to the tongue. And, they're not yet as widely available as traditional braces, although the number of orthodontists who have received training in the new method is increasing.

If you'd like to know more about lingual braces and whether they're right for you, speak to your dentist or orthodontist. You may find that this new option for improving your dental health and your smile fits your lifestyle.

If you would like more information on lingual 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 “Lingual Braces: A Truly Invisible Way to Straighten Teeth.”