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5 [Signs] that a Child, Teen, or Adult Needs Braces

LAST UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 13, 2016

Five Signs that a Child, Teen, or Adult Needs Braces

Although these fall in no particular order of importance, I’ll highlight five signs you may need braces, regardless of your age.

You may need braces if…

1.) You have an uncomfortable bite.Does your bite feel funny? Do you bite down and your teeth don’t fit together? Do you bite down and have a big space between your upper and lower teeth (an overbite)? Can you put your tongue between your upper and lower teeth? If you answered, “yes,” to any of these questions, you may need braces. You may also feel comfortable eating and chewing, bit that large space between your upper and lower teeth puts the teeth in a position where they can’t protect themselves that well (in addition to being unaesthetic).

When the teeth fit together nicely, they protect themselves as you move your jaw forwards or backwards. When you have a large overbite, the teeth aren’t protected. Another bite issue is an underbite. Your lower teeth stick out further than your top ones. With an underbite, it’s hard to chew, and your teeth are susceptible to trauma and damage.

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Two Minutes Twice a Day

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Tooth brushing Mistake No.3: “Not Brushing Often Enough or Long Enough”

If your child has the bad habit of not brushing often enough or long enough, you know that there are going to be problems down the line. In addition to flossing on a daily basis, your child should brush his or her teeth for at least two minutes every time. That means devoting at least a minute to the top and a minute to the bottom, thoroughly brushing every surface to ensure the teeth are cleaned well. It’s also essential that your child knows the proper method to brush teeth. Strokes should be short, moving back and forth across every surface, using the tip to get in hard to reach places, such as behind teeth that are in the front. If your child doesn’t brush long enough, bacteria can continue to breed, leading to gum disease. Accumulating debris can cause decay and excess plaque can actually lead to heart problems in the future.

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The Mystery of the Wisdom Tooth

Do All Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Removed?

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When it comes to teeth, everyone wants to have the brightest, the whitest, and the straightest teeth. Over time, people have developed all sorts of different ways to achieve these goals. White strips are common, braces have become invisible, and stain removal has practically illuminated the teeth to lamp standards. However, through all of this, one thing has remained relatively unchanged – the removal of the wisdom teeth.

The removal of wisdom tooth has always been considered by many as a rite of passage in the patient’s dental timeline. The belief being that should the wisdom teeth be left in, they will create chaos in the mouth of the patient, ranging from tooth decay to crooked smiles. While the basis for these beliefs are sound, they are not always 100% accurate – so when do wisdom teeth need to come out?

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Importance of the Right Toothbrush

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Tooth brushing Mistake No. 1: “Not Using the Right Toothbrush”

Just because you brush your teeth multiple times a day, that may not mean that you are doing everything you need for the best oral health. In fact, many people are using a toothbrush that isn’t right for them, which is one of the top mistakes that orthodontic specialists see. In order to avoid issues that come with poor oral hygiene, here are some things that you should consider when picking out your next toothbrush.

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A Lesson in Sharing Smiles

Beecroft OrthodonticsSmile Quote No. 36: “For a moment at least, be a smile on someone else’s face.”– Dejan Stojanovic

“For a moment at least, be a smile on someone else’s face.” One of the best ways to do that is by perfecting one’s own smile with the help of an orthodontist specialist. An orthodontist has received extensive education in teeth and jaw irregularities, such as crooked teeth, overbites and underbites. He or she will work with a team of assistants to give patients the complete oral care that they deserve.

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How to Keep your Teeth Clean with Braces On?

What is the Best Way to Floss and Keep your Teeth Clean if you have Braces?

Let’s face it–keeping your teeth clean can be a challenge when you have braces. And, the side effects from not keeping them clean can be devastating.

Let’s look at how to keep the teeth clean when wearing braces and why it can be so difficult to do.

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