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By The Brace Place Orthodontics
April 21, 2021

Aesthetics alone are a reason why many adults are flocking to orthodontic care they may have missed out on when they were younger. It's important not to discount aesthetics, our smile factors in greatly to our self-esteem, and correcting a few imperfections can boost it.

But the benefits of orthodontic care go beyond improving the appearance of your smile. Through the available treatments, you can help prevent bite complications. To find out about all the ways that orthodontic care can help improve your quality of life, please reach out to your Ponte Vedra, and Jacksonville Beach, FL, orthodontist Dr. Josh Goldknopf of The Brace Place Orthodontics.

Bites, Straightening, and Spacing

Bite-related conditions are referred to by different names highlighting the problem with each. The most common are overbites, underbites, and crossbites. They occur for a number of reasons, often genetic, and as a result of the malformation of the jaw, causing the mouth to not close properly. Untreated, these conditions can create further difficulties with your jaw joints and wear on your teeth as they rub against each other.

Problems with the arrangement of your teeth, such as teeth that are crooked, overcrowded, or with gaps too large, can create difficult to clean areas between them. This can allow plaque to build up and with it the bacteria that damage our gums and teeth.

Correcting both bite conditions and spacing issues can provide you a brand new smile, but it can also help prevent problems that would hinder not just its appearance, but your mouth's overall health.

Orthodontic Care in Ponte Vedra, and Jacksonville Beach, FL

Whatever it is you're hoping to correct, your orthodontist can select the best treatment tailored to your own conditions and circumstances. Traditional braces may be the best recourse for more severe cases and for younger teenagers. Invisalign clear aligners can correct many of the same conditions as braces, with added advantages in the form of a less limited diet, easier hygiene, and a less visible appliance, among others. For certain situations, your dentist may find that you would be best served by surgical orthodontics.

But to know for sure just what orthodontic care can do for you, your first step is to come into the office, so make an appointment today with Dr. Goldknopf of The Brace Place Orthodontics in Ponte Vedra, and Jacksonville Beach, FL, by dialing (904) 222-8588.

By The Brace Place Orthodontics
March 04, 2021
Category: Oral Health

We're all tempted occasionally to use our teeth in ways that might risk damage. Hopefully, though, you've never considered anything close to what singer, songwriter and now social media persona Jason Derulo recently tried in a TikTok video—attempting to eat corn on the cob spinning on a power drill. The end result seemed to be a couple of broken front teeth, although many of his followers suspected an elaborate prank.

Prank or not, subjecting your teeth to “motorized corn”—or a host of other less extreme actions or habits—is not a good thing, especially if you have veneers, crowns or other dental work. Although teeth can withstand a lot, they're not invincible.

Here, then, are four things you should do to help ensure your teeth stay healthy, functional and intact.

Clean your teeth daily. Strong teeth are healthy teeth, so you want to do all you can to prevent tooth decay or gum disease. Besides semi-annual dental cleanings, the most important thing you can do is to brush and floss your teeth daily. These hygiene tasks help remove dental plaque, a thin biofilm that is the biggest culprit in dental disease that could weaken teeth and make them more susceptible to injury.

Avoid biting on hard objects. Teeth's primary purpose is to break down food for digestion, not to break open nuts or perform similar tasks. You should also avoid habitual chewing on hard objects like pencils, nails or ice to relieve stress. And, you may need to be careful eating apples or other foods with hard surfaces if you have veneers or composite bonding on your teeth.

Wear a sports mouthguard. If you or a family member are regularly involved with sports like basketball, baseball/softball or football (even informally), you can protect your teeth from facial blows by wearing an athletic mouthguard. Although you can obtain a retail variety in most stores selling sporting goods, a custom-made guard by a dentist offers the best protection and comfort.

Visit your dentist regularly. As mentioned before, semi-annual dental cleanings help remove hidden plaque and tartar and further minimize your risk of disease. Regular dental visits also give us a chance to examine your mouth for any signs of decay or gum disease, and to check on your dental health overall. Optimizing your dental health plays a key part in preventing dental damage.

You should expect an unpleasant outcome involving your teeth with power tools. But a lot less could still damage them: To fully protect your dental health, be sure you practice daily oral care, avoid tooth contact with hard objects and wear a mouthguard for high-risk physical activities.

If you would like more information on caring for your cosmetic dental work, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Veneers” and “An Introduction to Sports Injuries & Dentistry.”

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
December 01, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: oral health   x-rays  

For decades, dental x-rays have helped us accurately diagnose and treat a wide array of dental diseases and conditions. But even with recent advances in digital imaging, the traditional x-ray does have one drawback: its two-dimensional view doesn’t always provide the “big picture” that a three-dimensional viewpoint can provide.

But a new type of x-ray technology can do just that: known as cone beam computed tomography (CBCT), these machines record hundreds of digital images as a cone-shaped beam of x-ray energy is projected through a device that rotates around a person’s head. A computer then assembles the images into a single three-dimensional image that can be manipulated on screen to view from various angles. Not only does this provide greater context and detail, it does so with no more radiation exposure than a standard 20-film digital full-mouth x-ray series.

While CBCT hasn’t replaced the traditional x-ray, it’s making its mark in a number of specialized areas of dentistry. The following are just a few of the ways CBCT is improving both accuracy and treatment outcomes.

Orthodontics. CBCT can provide a much more detailed view of the entire jaw; this can help us determine the best locations for realigning teeth safely and effectively.

Dental Implants. With a CBCT scan we can precisely locate nerve canals, sinuses and adjacent teeth before implant surgery to locate the best position for the implant.

TMD Treatment. To help develop the best treatment approach for alleviating the pain and dysfunction of temporo-mandibular joint disease (TMD), a CBCT scan can provide us detailed information on how the disease is affecting a patient’s joints, teeth, sinuses and airway.

Impactions. An impacted tooth can exert damaging pressure against the roots of neighboring teeth. A CBCT scan allows us to observe the impacted tooth from various vantage points to determine the best treatment approach for neighboring teeth, nerve canals and sinuses.

If you would like more information on CBCT technology, 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 “Getting the Full Picture With Cone Beam Dental Scans.”