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Posts for: November, 2016

By Dental 8to8
November 27, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

We discuss the advantages of having clear braces!

While you may love the idea of getting a straighter smile, maybe you aren’t married to the idea of wearing metal in your mouth. You aren’t alone! There are countless reasons why someone might hold off on getting the smile they want. However, if you choose Invisalign in Boca Raton, FL, you can get a straighter smile without all the fuss of dealing with metal. 

We’re here to tell you more about the advantages of a clear orthodontic system as a part of our dental practice in Boca Raton, FL. 

Invisalign treats the same conditions as traditional braces

While not every patient is an ideal candidate for Invisalign, these clear braces can treat a variety of dental cases, from crowding and spacing to crossbites, overbites and even underbites.

Invisalign is more convenient

Some of the disadvantages of braces are that they can’t be removed, they make brushing and flossing a challenge, and there are dietary restrictions; however, all of these issues disappear with Invisalign. Since these clear braces are removable, you don’t have to worry about a change to your oral regime or diet. If you want a straight smile but you just aren’t ready to give up on some of your favorite foods during the process, Invisalign might just be the best option for you.

Invisalign is more comfortable

When you think about traditional braces, the first thought that comes to mind is metal. You might think that metal and your mouth don’t really go together, as the whole process just sounds uncomfortable. After all, metal braces can be known to irritate cheeks and gums; however, since Invisalign is made from a flexible, smooth plastic, you won’t have to deal with the irritation that comes with a mouth full of metal.

Plus, Invisalign is custom-made to fit your smile to a tee, so you won’t have to worry about generic clear braces that slide around on your teeth or rub against your gums. Invisalign also promises less office visits (only every four to six weeks).

So what do you have to lose but a visibly straighter smile? If you’re interested in getting Invisalign in Boca Raton, FL, then you’ve come to the right place. Give us a call today to setup a consultation to find out if Invisalign could help you.

By East Boca Dental Implant & Specialty Care
November 27, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Untagged

A poor bite (malocclusion) could be more than simply teeth out of alignment. There could be complex causes for the malocclusion, possibly involving the facial bone structure.

An example of this is the development of a cross-bite due to problems with the upper jaw and palate (the roof of the mouth), jointly called the maxilla. The maxilla is in fact formed by two bones fused together in the center of the palate in what's called the midline suture. The suture doesn't completely fuse until after puberty.

Sometimes a maxilla's development doesn't follow a normal track. The upper jaw doesn't widen as it should, which leads to the cross-bite where the upper back teeth abnormally bite inside the lower teeth. The upper front teeth continue to bite normally in front of the lower front teeth. This also can have profound influence on breathing, causing sleep apnea.

We can correct this by using an orthodontic appliance called a palatal expander before the midline suture fuses. The expander gradually widens the upper jaw to its normal width and thus eliminates the cross-bite.

Positioned at the roof of the mouth, the expander has metal arms that extend from a central hinge to exert pressure on the inside of the upper teeth. The patient or a caregiver uses a small key to turn a mechanism that extends the arms toward the teeth a tiny amount each day. This gradually widens the jaw, while at the same time stimulating bone growth at the midline suture. Eventually the gap fills with bone to solidify the new width as the suture fuses.

It's important to undertake this treatment before fusion. If you wait until after puberty, you will need to separate the bones first to attempt it. The overall impact and cost is much less if you act promptly in the early years.

Palatal expansion may not be the right treatment in every case, so we'll need to perform a thorough orthodontic exam first. If, however, we do determine it can help, using an expander can improve function, correct future breathing problems and make possible a more attractive future smile.

If you would like more information on orthodontic treatment options, 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.”

By East Boca Dental Implant & Specialty Care
November 12, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: wisdom teeth  

A few days before the Oscars, Vanity Fair magazine asked Academy Awards host Neil Patrick Harris to name his most treasured possession. Was it his Tony award statuette for best leading actor in a musical? His star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame? The stethoscope he wore while playing teenaged doctor Doogie Howser on TV? No, as it turns out, the 41-year-old actor’s most treasured possession is… his wisdom teeth. Yes, you read that correctly. “Oddly, I still have my four wisdom teeth,” Harris said. “I refuse to let them go or I’ll lose my wise parts.”

How odd is it for a 41-year-old to have wisdom teeth? Actually, not that odd at all. While it is true that wisdom teeth are often removed, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to this. It all depends on whether they are causing problems now, or are likely to cause problems in the future.

The trouble wisdom teeth cause is related to the fact that they are the last molars to come in, and that molars are large in size. By the time wisdom teeth appear between the ages of 17 and 21, there often is not enough room for them in the jaw. Sometimes it’s because you may have inherited a jaw size that’s too small for your tooth size; and generally speaking, the size of the human jaw has evolved to become smaller over time.

If room is lacking, the adjacent molar (that came in earlier) can interfere with the path of eruption — causing the wisdom tooth to come in at an odd angle. The wisdom tooth can hit up against that other tooth, possibly causing pain or damaging the adjacent tooth. This is known as “impaction.” Sometimes the wisdom tooth breaks only partway through the gum tissue, leaving a space beneath the gum line that’s almost impossible to clean, causing infection. A serious oral infection can jeopardize the survival of teeth, and even spread to other parts of the body.

If a wisdom tooth is impacted, will you know it? Not necessarily. A tooth can be impacted without causing pain. But we can see the position of your wisdom teeth on a dental x-ray and help you make an informed decision as to whether they should stay or go. If removal is the best course of action, rest assured that this procedure is completely routine and that your comfort and safety is our highest priority. If there is no great risk to keeping them, as Neil Patrick Harris has done, we can simply continue to monitor their condition at your regular dental checkups. It will be particularly important to make sure you are reaching those teeth with your brush and floss, and that you keep to your schedule of regular professional cleanings at the dental office. All healthy teeth are indeed worth treasuring.

If you would like more information about wisdom teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Wisdom Teeth” and “Removing Wisdom Teeth.”

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