Posts for tag: braces

By Charles H. Dean DDS
August 15, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
LadyGagaWasntBornThisWay

Sometimes, looking at old pictures can really bring memories back to life. Just ask Stefani Germanotta—the pop diva better known as Lady Gaga. In one scene from the recent documentary Five Foot Two, as family members sort through headshots from her teen years, her father proclaims: "Here, this proves she had braces!"

"If I had kept that gap, then I would have even more problems with Madonna," Lady Gaga replies, referencing an ongoing feud between the two musical celebrities.

The photos of Gaga's teenage smile reveal that the singer of hits like "Born This Way" once had a noticeable gap (which dentists call a diastema) between her front teeth. This condition is common in children, but often becomes less conspicuous with age. It isn't necessarily a problem: Lots of well-known people have extra space in their smiles, including ex-football player and TV host Michael Strahan, actress Anna Paquin…and fellow pop superstar Madonna. It hasn't hurt any of their careers.

Yet others would prefer a smile without the gap. Fortunately, diastema in children is generally not difficult to fix. One of the easiest ways to do so is with traditional braces or clear aligners. These orthodontic appliances, usually worn for a period of months, can actually move the teeth into positions that look more pleasing in the smile and function better in the bite. For many people, orthodontic treatment is a part of their emergence from adolescence into adulthood.

Braces and aligners, along with other specialized orthodontic appliances, can also remedy many bite problems besides diastema. They can correct misaligned teeth and spacing irregularities, fix overbites and underbites, and take care of numerous other types of malocclusions (bite problems).

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that kids get screened for orthodontic problems at age 7. Even if an issue is found, most won't get treatment at this age—but in some instances, it's possible that early intervention can save a great deal of time, money and effort later. For example, while the jaw is still developing, its growth can be guided with special appliances that can make future orthodontic treatment go quicker and easier.

Yet orthodontics isn't just for children—adults can wear braces too! As long as teeth and gums are healthy, there's no upper age limit on orthodontic treatment. Instead of traditional silver braces, many adults choose tooth-colored braces or clear aligners to complement their more professional appearance.

So if your child is at the age where screening is recommended—or if you're unhappy with your own smile—ask us whether orthodontics could help. But if you get into a rivalry with Madonna…you're on your own.

If you have questions about orthodontic treatment, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Magic of Orthodontics” and “Orthodontics For The Older Adult.”

By Charles H. Dean DDS
January 31, 2019
Category: Orthodontics
Tags: braces  

Are you ready to straighten your teeth or correct a bite problem? Thanks to several orthodontic treatment options, you can choose the straightening method that's perfect for you. Your Beavercreek, OH, dentists Dr. Charles Dean and Dr. Christopher Cripe offer services and procedures that help you care for your smile.

Metal braces

Metal braces are the first thing you probably think about when you hear the word "braces." They consist of metal wires threaded through metal brackets cemented to your teeth. Regular adjustments are needed to change the tension of the wires.

The braces have been used for decades and offer an excellent way to realign teeth and correct a variety of bite problems, including overbites, underbites, crossbites and open bites. Whether you have a mild, moderate or severe orthodontic problem, you can benefit from metal braces. Although metal braces are certainly effective, some people don't like the way they look.

Ceramic braces

Ceramic braces offer a less noticeable alternative to metal braces. Clear, tooth-colored or metal wires are passed through tooth-colored brackets. The braces can still be seen but aren't quite as obvious as metal braces. Ceramic braces improve teeth position and treat mild to moderate orthodontic problems.

Invisalign

Invisalign completely eliminates the need for wires and brackets. Your Beavercreek dentist will give you a series of clear, removable aligner trays that fit snugly over your teeth. The trays are custom-created from digital impressions, images and Xrays off your teeth and exert constant pressure on your teeth. Each tray accomplishes a specific straightening goal and is worn for about two weeks.

Invisalign offers a more discreet, convenient option if you have mild to moderate orthodontic problems. Thanks to their clear construction, the aligners are practically invisible. They're removed when you eat or brush or floss your teeth, but are usually worn for about 22 hours daily.

Improve your smile with orthodontic treatment! Call your Beavercreek Dental Group in Beavercreek, OH serving the Fairborn and Dayton, OH areas, at (937) 429-3160 to schedule an appointment.

By Charles H. Dean DDS
September 21, 2018
Category: Orthodontics
Tags: braces   invisalign   Clear Braces  

Straighten Your Smile Discreetly With Invisalign


Invisalign BracesCrooked smile? Millions of people are turning to Invisalign as a hassle-free way to straighten their teeth. Invisalign is the clear alternative to metal braces. With Invisalign, you will be able to straighten your smile discreetly. Dentists, Dr. Charles Dean and Dr. Christopher Cripe, from Beavercreek Dental Group in Beavercreek, OH, offer orthodontic treatment with Invisalign to their patients.

Beautify Your Smile

Invisalign can improve your smile and make you feel better about yourself. Invisalign corrects the same problems as metal braces, including gapped teeth, crooked teeth, an overbite, crossbite, and overcrowded teeth. Invisalign straightens your teeth with a series of custom-made aligners. The aligners gently and continuously move your teeth in small increments. 

Avoid Embarrassment

Are you horrified by the idea of metal "train track" braces? Teenagers and adults often prefer the subtle aesthetic appearance of Invisalign clear braces. You can straighten your smile without a mouthful of metal brackets and wires. Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible. Other people may not even notice you’re wearing them. Many patients love the fact that Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible and that they work with their lifestyle. 

Invisalign is Removable

Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign aligners are removable. You can occasionally remove your aligners and enjoy a special night out. With metal braces, you have to avoid eating certain foods because they can become stuck in your braces. With Invisalign, you will be able to eat whatever you want, whenever you want. 

Improve Your Oral Health

Straightening your crooked smile can result in better oral health. It is difficult to clean between teeth that are misaligned, increasing the chances of tooth decay and periodontal disease. With Invisalign, you can floss and brush your teeth normally, which can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease. 

Want a better life? Start with your smile. Call Beavercreek Dental Group at (937) 429-3160 today to schedule a consultation with your dentists in Beavercreek, OH. Invisalign has helped many people enhance their smiles, boosting their self-esteem and improving their lives, and it will do the same for you.

WhyemBigBangTheoryemActressMayimBialikCouldntHaveBraces

Mayim Bialik has spent a good part of her life in front of TV cameras: first as the child star of the hit comedy series Blossom, and more recently as Sheldon Cooper’s love interest — a nerdy neuroscientist — on The Big Bang Theory. (In between, she actually earned a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA…but that’s another story.) As a child, Bialik had a serious overbite — but with all her time on camera, braces were just not an option.

“I never had braces,” she recently told Dear Doctor – Dentistry & Oral Health magazine. “I was on TV at the time, and there weren’t a lot of creative solutions for kids who were on TV.” Instead, her orthodontist managed to straighten her teeth using retainers and headgear worn only at night.

Today, there are several virtually invisible options available to fix orthodontic issues — and you don’t have to be a child star to take advantage of them. In fact, both children and adults can benefit from these unobtrusive appliances.

Tooth colored braces are just like traditional metal braces, with one big difference: The brackets attached to teeth are made from a ceramic material that blends in with the natural color of teeth. All that’s visible is the thin archwire that runs horizontally across the teeth — and from a distance it’s hard to notice. Celebs like Tom Cruise and Faith Hill opted for this type of appliance.

Clear aligners are custom-made plastic trays that fit over the teeth. Each one, worn for about two weeks, moves the teeth just a bit; after several months, you’ll see a big change for the better in your smile. Best of all, clear aligners are virtually impossible to notice while you’re wearing them — which you’ll need to do for 22 hours each day. But you can remove them to eat, or for special occasions. Zac Efron and Katherine Heigl, among others, chose to wear clear aligners.

Lingual braces really are invisible. That’s because they go behind your teeth (on the tongue side), where they can’t be seen; otherwise they are similar to traditional metal braces. Lingual braces are placed on teeth differently, and wearing them often takes some getting used to at first. But those trade-offs are worth it for plenty of people. Which celebs wore lingual braces? Rumor has it that the list includes some top models, a well-known pop singer, and at least one British royal.

So what’s the best way to straighten your teeth and keep the orthodontic appliances unnoticeable? Just ask us! We’d be happy to help you choose the option that’s just right for you. You’ll get an individualized evaluation, a solution that fits your lifestyle — and a great-looking smile!

For more information about hard-to-see (or truly invisible) orthodontics, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Orthodontics for the Older Adult” and “Clear Aligners for Teenagers.”

By Charles H. Dean DDS
January 19, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene   braces  
StopWhiteSpotsBeforeTheyAppearWhileWearingBraces

Braces can be a long, involved process, but gaining a more attractive smile and better oral health is worth it. Sometimes, though, braces can produce unintended short-term consequences.

Brace brackets and wires do the work of moving teeth to better positions. They can, however, hinder the wearer's hygiene efforts to remove plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food particles, from tooth surfaces. Plaque buildup increases the risk of dental disease and other ill effects.

One such effect while you're wearing braces is the formation of tiny spots that look pale and chalky on otherwise smooth and polished enamel. These are white spot lesions (WSLs), where acid has remained for too long on the tooth enamel. They occur because acid-producing bacteria escape removal during brushing and flossing due to the braces hardware.

We want to try to prevent WSLs while wearing braces, and not just because they're unattractive. You're actually looking at enamel erosion, which could lead to cavity development at those weakened spots.

Although difficult for you as a braces wearer, daily brushing and flossing is crucial to WSL prevention. You'll need to take more time to be sure you're reaching all around the wires and brackets. You can improve your effectiveness with special brushes for braces and floss threaders or water irrigators. You can also help keep acid levels low by cutting back on acidic foods and beverages, especially sodas, coffee or spicy foods.

Even if you develop WSLs we can treat them effectively, especially if caught early. One way is by aiding enamel re-mineralization through saliva stimulation (the mouth's acid neutralizer) or applying fluoride to the teeth to strengthen enamel. We can also use caries infiltration, a technique that injects tooth-colored resin below the surface of the lesion. This strengthens the weakened enamel and gives the area the appearance of translucence like normal enamel.

While you're wearing braces, focus diligently on keeping your teeth clean of plaque and keep up your regular cleaning visits with us. If you notice any unusual discolorations or abnormalities, see us as soon as possible. Stopping WSLs from developing will help ensure your teeth are healthy and attractive after the braces come off.

If you would like more information on dental care with 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 “White Spots on Teeth during Orthodontic Treatment.”



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