Posts for: August, 2021
If you do the right things—keep your teeth clean, see the dentist regularly, and eat a "tooth-friendly" diet—you stand a good chance of having healthy teeth and gums later in life. Even so, after eating well over 75,000 meals by age 70, you can expect some wear from all that biting and chewing.
But there's normal wear—and then there's excessive wear, which can be caused by a variety of factors. When it occurs, accelerated wear can increase your risk of dental disease—and your shorter-toothed smile can make you look older than your actual age.
Here are 3 dental problems that can lead to accelerated tooth wear, and what you can do about them.
Tooth decay. This dental disease can severely weaken a tooth's protective enamel surface, which can in turn increase wear. You can minimize your chances of developing tooth decay by brushing and flossing your teeth daily and undergoing regular dental cleanings. And the sooner you receive treatment for any diagnosed decay, the less likely your enamel will suffer significant damage.
Poor bite. Properly aligned teeth mesh well together while biting and chewing, which minimizes wearing. But misalignments put undue stress on teeth that can lead to accelerated wear. By correcting a bite problem through orthodontics, we can properly align teeth so that they interact with each other normally for less wear.
Teeth grinding. This unconscious habit of gnashing or grinding teeth (often during sleep) can produce abnormally high biting forces. Among other adverse outcomes, this can also increase teeth wearing. If you grind your teeth, there are therapeutic methods that could reduce the habit. You can also obtain a custom night guard to reduce biting forces while you sleep.
If you've already experienced excessive dental wear, there are cosmetic options like porcelain veneers or dental bonding that can restore your smile to a more youthful appearance and help protect your teeth. But if you haven't reached that point, you can make sure you don't by taking care of your teeth and gums and seeking prompt dental treatment for problems leading to accelerated wear.
If you would like more information on teeth wear, 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 “How and Why Teeth Wear.”
Find out exactly how an orthodontist can improve your smile.
We all know that having a straight smile makes us feel confident; however, a straight smile is also a marker of good health. Unfortunately, dealing with crooked teeth or malocclusions (aka: “bad bites”) can increase your risk for decay and gum disease, as well as wear way teeth faster. Luckily, our Jacksonville Beach, FL, orthodontist Dr. Josh Goldknopf can help.
What is an orthodontist?
While both orthodontists and dentists are focused on a patient’s oral health, what they do is a bit different. Our Jacksonville Beach, FL, orthodontist is a dental professional that specializes in improving bites and the alignment of teeth through braces and other corrective oral appliances. A dentist won’t be able to fit you with braces, but our Jacksonville Beach, FL, orthodontic team can.
What does an orthodontist do?
Most of us don’t have a perfectly straight smile. The good news is that our orthodontic team can correct any dental irregularities such as,
- Bite issues such as overbites, underbites, and crossbites (also referred to as malocclusions)
- Crooked teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Overlapping teeth
- Protruding teeth
The main goal of orthodontic treatment is to realign the teeth and jaws to improve your bite. There are many ways in which our Jacksonville Beach, FL, orthodontist can do that.
Metal braces: These modern-day braces are sleeker than what you might remember. The brackets are more lightweight and compact and the wires are thinner, which means they are more comfortable to wear. Traditional metal braces are great for patients of all ages, from children to adults, and can address even the most severe dental problems.
Ceramic braces: While they work the same way as traditional braces, ceramic braces are more popular among teen and adult patients who are still looking for subtler approaches to straightening their smiles. The key difference is that instead of metal brackets we use ceramic brackets, which are tooth-colored and blend in with your smile. In some cases, wires are also made from tooth-colored materials.
Clear aligners: This is a popular orthodontic alternative to braces because these mouthguard-like aligners are completely clear and removable, which means that by simply wearing these comfortable aligners over your teeth every day for several months, you’ll be able to get a straighter smile. It’s ideal for older teens and adults and can address everything from mild to more severe malocclusions.
Whether you are looking to correct a misaligned smile, or your child or teen has a crooked smile, it’s time to turn to our orthodontist, Dr. Goldknopf for an evaluation. To schedule an appointment at either our Jacksonville Beach, FL, or Ponte Vedra, FL, location, simply call The Brace Place today at (904) 222-8588.
Find out if Invisalign is the best orthodontic alternative to correct your smile.
If you’re an adult you probably think the ship has sailed on getting a straighter smile. Not so fast! If you are dealing with a bad bite, crooked or misaligned teeth, or gaps between teeth then you could just be a great candidate for Invisalign, which our Jacksonville Beach, FL, orthodontist Dr. Josh Goldknopf is happy to offer to his older teen and adult patients.
What Makes Invisalign Different
One of the biggest concerns our older patients have is that their braces will be visible. They don’t want to walk into an important conference or meeting just to have everyone stare at their braces. We get that, which is why our Jacksonville Beach, FL, orthodontist offers Invisalign in the first place. It’s completely discreet, using specially crafted and completely transparent plastic aligners that fit snug against the teeth.
Computer technology is used to determine every little shift and movement of your teeth that is required to get your smile into the ideal alignment. This data is then set to an Invisalign-approved lab, where they will make your set of aligners. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks before being replaced with the next set. The number of aligners you have will depend on the severity of your dental issues. The average number of Invisalign aligners in a treatment plan is between 20-30.
Who is a Good Candidate for Invisalign
Invisalign is approved for older teens and adults whose teeth have fully matured and are done growing. Since little kids’ teeth aren’t done growing, this means that aligners won’t provide the appropriate fit needed to properly move teeth around, which is why teeth must be fully developed before Invisalign can be offered. Invisalign is a great way to treat,
- Crooked teeth
- Open bites
- Overlapping teeth
Dealing with one or more of these issues? If so, Invisalign could easily correct these problems and give you the results you’re looking for. What are you waiting for?
If Invisalign sounds like the ideal option for you, then it’s time to sit down with our orthodontist Dr. Goldknopf at our Jacksonville Beach, FL, or Ponte Vedra, FL, location. To schedule an orthodontic consultation, call The Brace Place at (904) 249-0037.
During this year's baseball spring training, Minnesota Twins center fielder Byron Buxton got into a row with a steak dinner—and the beefsteak got the better of it. During his meal, the Gold Glove winner cracked a tooth.
Fortunately, he didn't lose it. Buxton's dentist rescued the tooth with a dental procedure that's been around for over a century—a root canal treatment. The dependable root canal is responsible for saving millions of teeth each year.
Dentists turn to root canal treatments for a number of reasons: a permanent tooth's roots are dissolving (a condition called resorption); chronic inflammation of the innermost tooth pulp due to repeated fillings; or a fractured or cracked tooth, like Buxton's, in which the pulp becomes exposed to bacteria.
One of the biggest reasons, though, is advanced tooth decay. Triggered by acid, a by-product of bacteria, a tooth's enamel softens and erodes, allowing decay into the underlying dentin. In its initial stages, we can often treat decay with a filling. But if the decay continues to advance, it can infect the pulp and root canals and eventually reach the bone.
Decay of this magnitude seriously jeopardizes a tooth's survival. But we can still stop it before that point with a root canal. The basic procedure is fairly straightforward. We begin first by drilling a small hole into the tooth to access the inner pulp and root canals. Using special instruments, we then remove all of the infected tissue within the tooth.
After disinfecting the now empty spaces and reshaping the root canals, we fill the tooth with a rubber-like substance called gutta percha. This, along with filling the access hole, seals the tooth's interior from future infection. In most cases, we'll return sometime later and bond a life-like crown to the tooth (as Buxton's dentist did for him) for added protection and support.
You would think such a procedure would get its own ticker tape parade. Unfortunately, there's a cultural apprehension that root canals are painful. But here's the truth—because your tooth and surrounding gums are numbed by local anesthesia, a root canal procedure doesn't hurt. Actually, if your tooth has been throbbing from tooth decay's attack on its nerves, a root canal treatment will alleviate that pain.
After some time on the disabled list, Buxton was back in the lineup in time to hit his longest homer to date at 456 feet on the Twins' Opening Day. You may not have that kind of moment after a root canal, but repairing a bothersome tooth with this important procedure will certainly get you back on your feet again.
If you would like more information about root canal therapy, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “A Step-By-Step Guide to Root Canal Treatment.”
Each of life's moments are precious—but some are more precious than others. For one like your wedding day, you want to look your very best.
Be sure your teeth and gums are also ready for that once in a lifetime moment. Here are a few cosmetic enhancements that can transform your smile appearance.
Dental cleanings. Having your teeth cleaned professionally not only boosts your dental health, but it can also enhance your smile's brightness. A dental cleaning removes plaque and tartar that can yellow and dull teeth. With plaque out of the way, your teeth's natural translucence can shine through.
Teeth whitening. For an even brighter smile, consider teeth whitening. We apply a bleaching solution that temporarily whitens your teeth. With a little care on your part and occasional touchups, your brighter smile could last well beyond your wedding day.
Tooth repair. A chipped or cracked tooth can ruin an otherwise perfect smile. We can often repair mild flaws by bonding tooth-colored composite resins to the defective area, usually in one visit. Porcelain veneers or crowns can mask more moderate imperfections, but they must be undertaken well in advance of your big day.
Teeth replacements. We can restore those missing teeth ruining your smile with dental implants. An implant replaces the tooth root as well as the crown to create a stable and durable hold that can last for years. But similar to porcelain restorations, an implant restoration could take months—so plan ahead.
Orthodontics. Correcting a bite problem through orthodontics can have a huge impact on your smile. Straightening teeth isn't just for teenagers—you can undergo treatment at any age. And if you opt for clear aligners, no one but you and your orthodontist need know you're wearing them.
Cosmetic gum surgery. Even if your teeth look perfect, too much of your gums showing could detract from your smile. If your “gummy smile” is caused by excess gum tissue, there are a number of plastic surgical techniques that can restructure the gums so that they appear in right proportion with the teeth.
If you want a more attractive smile on your wedding day, see us as soon as possible for a full evaluation and assessment of your needs. Depending on what you need, we have the means to make your smile live up to that moment of moments.
If you would like more information on smile enhancements, 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 “Planning Your Wedding Day Smile.”