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Help, I’m Wearing my Orthodontic Retainer, but my Teeth are Moving!

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LAST UPDATED: APRIL 25, 2017

When you’ve gone through the lengthy process of treatment with braces, it’s a great sigh of relief when those braces come off and you can finally show off those pearly whites. Wearing an orthodontic retainer is just par for the course, the final stage of treatment that will help you to preserve those straight teeth after all of that time and effort.

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

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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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Orthodontic Expanders and Lower Jaw

Can Orthodontic Expanders be used on the Lower Teeth to Avoid Extractions?

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An orthodontic expander, also commonly referred to as a “palate-widening device,” is commonly used on the top teeth to create space in between the teeth. The device, which is secured around one tooth on each side of the top of the mouth, gradually creates space in the top of the teeth through the course of a few weeks or months. By spacing out the palate, the teeth have more room to shift, which is ideal for patients who plan to get braces. Because the orthodontic expanders create more room at the top of the teeth, it lowers the chances of needing to extract teeth as a method of creating space as well. Since orthodontic expanders are successfully used to create room on the upper teeth, can’t the same method be used to resolve crowding with the bottom?

An orthodontist is able to use an expander device on the upper teeth because of the mid-palatal suture in the upper arch of our mouths. The palate can be expanded if there is soft cartilage in the suture. Each time the expander is activated, either at home or by an orthodontist specialist, a gap between the front teeth develops as the teeth space out. But when an expander is used on the lower arch of the teeth, there is no such suture, which doesn’t allow them the chance to expand.

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Right Bristles Make the Right Toothbrush

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Tooth brushing Mistake No. 2: “Not Picking the Right Bristles”

A parent who cares about his child’s oral health will encourage that they brush their teeth twice a day in addition to setting a good example by doing this themselves. In addition to investing in braces to make their smile beautiful, the next best investment a parent can make is investing in a toothbrush with the right bristles. It’s easy to avoid the mistake of not picking the right bristles for the toothbrush used on a daily basis.

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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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Traumatic Injuries as a Result of Braces

Traumatic Injuries of Head and Neck with Orthodontic Braces

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It is quite possible for you to sustain head and neck injuries when you are undergoing an orthodontic treatment. Though you will be as careful, there are chances of you getting hit in the mouth, or sustaining injuries to your face. Orthodontic braces may make your teeth, the gums and bones supporting it and the surrounding soft tissues more vulnerable to damage. If you have sustained any sort of injury, each of these aspects will have to be evaluated by the best orthodontist around.

Possible Damage you may Sustain

Once you begin orthodontic treatment, you will go about your life as normal. However, it is possible that you sustain some injuries. Take a look at some of the possible injuries and the implications:

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Where to get Invisalign from?

Does It Really Matter Where I Get My Invisalign?

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Invisalign is one of the most important advances to be made in the field of orthodontics in the past two decades. Thanks to Invisalign, there is no longer any need to wear those horrible, uncomfortable and unsightly metal braces that people have dreaded for many years. The patient simply wears a series of clear aligners that are custom made. They are designed to provide the correct amount of pressure to the teeth so that they will gradually force them to shift positions into alignment. Every two or three weeks, a new Invisalign tray is used to continue the progression until the alignment is complete. There is no need to make regular appointments to have your braces tightened. These tightening sessions are usually painful for the patient, making the process especially difficult for young people. Invisalign causes no pain at all.

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Let your Smile Run Free

Beecroft OrthodonticsSmile Quote No. 37: “You shouldn’t never regret something that made you smile”– Bei Maejor

It’s true that you want to look back on the happy moments in your life with joy; however, you might be afraid to offer a hearty smile if your teeth are crooked. Preventing your children from experiencing this aggravating situation is your goal right now, and speaking with a professional orthodontist is a wise way to address some of your most burning questions.

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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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