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Does my child need braces?

April 5th, 2017

Smiling boy with bracesSo you think your little one may need braces, but how can you be sure? Here are a few signs that your child may need braces:

-Teeth that meet abnormally or not at all

-Crowding, misplaced, or blocked-out teeth

-Early, late, or irregular loss of baby teeth

-Jaws that shift or make sounds

-Difficulty with chewing or biting

The majority of orthodontic problems are genetic, meaning you inherited your space or bite problems. Others develop over time due to thumb- or finger-sucking, mouth breathing, dental decay, accidents, or poor nutrition. Another common reason is not enough room in the jaws for the teeth, so they become crowded or crooked.

 

 What age should my child be evaluated for orthodontic care?

Though an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal time period to begin treatment.  Beginning treatment at this time ensures the greatest result and the least amount of time and expense.  The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7.  At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but a complimentary consultation can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment.

The most common time for orthodontic treatment occurs between the ages of 11 and 15.  By the age of 12, most if not all of the permanent teeth have erupted and are in place, and crooked teeth, gaps and bite issues can easily be detected.  These problems will rarely correct themselves, so this is when most parents decide to seek orthodontic treatment.  Today’s braces are more comfortable than the ones you may have worn as a child and miles more efficient, resulting in fewer check-up trips and wear time.

We invite you to come explore your child's options for orthodontic treatment with us at no charge.  Call us to schedule your free evaluation with Dr. Bennett, and start improving their smile today!

 

 

Clear Ortho Options

March 28th, 2017

When thinking about braces, many people probably picture traditional braces with metal brackets and wires. But there are actually numerous other options that can help straighten your teeth without being so noticeable. Todd Bennett Orthodontics offers a variety of clear braces that are sure to make you smile.

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Clarity ADVANCED Ceramic Braces

In addition to being comfortable, Clarity ADVANCED Ceramic Braces can go virtually noticeable. The small brackets are made from a translucent ceramic material that will blend with the color of your teeth, yet work just like metal braces. In addition, they will resist staining and discoloration, giving children and adults alike plenty of confidence to smile.

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Incognito

For those seriously concerned about the appearance of braces, look no further than Incognito braces. Incognito braces are placed on the back of the teeth, making them practically impossible to see. The braces are completely customized for each and ever patient, thus contouring to your teeth better, which makes them more comfortable and perhaps even more effective than traditional braces.

In addition to being a secret easy to keep—no one will even know you have braces unless you decide to tell them—Incognito is backed by the latest technology, so procedures are faster, cleaner and more comfortable.

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Invisalign

Another clear and customized option is Invisalign. Invisalign is a clear aligner system that’s custom-made for each patient. The aligners are made from a smooth, comfortable and clear plastic that is made to fit snugly over the teeth. The aligners work by gradually moving your teeth into the correct spots. Typically, aligners are changed out every week or every other week—depending on the plan mapped out by you and your doctor—and doing so is easy: there are no brackets or wires, so taking off and putting on is quick and easy.

When it comes to orthodontic care, the choice is clear. Give Dr. Bennett a call today to find out more about which option works best for you.

 

Love Your Teeth

February 14th, 2017

Smiling girl in front of white wallToday is all about showing some love to those you care about, and your teeth shouldn’t be left off the list. Once your permanent teeth come in, they are with you for a lifetime—at least they are supposed to be. So taking care of your teeth and gums is critical in order to maintain the best oral health possible and avoiding tooth decay. Here’s what you need to know to show your teeth some love this Valentine’s Day.

Get a Good Routine

Maintaining a healthy oral health regimen is all about getting into a routine. Set aside at least two minutes twice a day to brush. Follow up one daily brushing with flossing. Part of the routine should also include routine dentist visits, which should occur every six months.

Don’t Slack With Braces

Having braces doesn’t mean it’s ok to stop taking as much care of your teeth. It’s important to take care of your teeth before, during, and after braces to keep your teeth and gums healthy and avoid irreversible damage. While taking care of your teeth is more difficult with braces, it’s as critical as ever to maintain a proper oral health routine and avoid sticky and crunchy foods.

Why it Matters

A healthy mouth goes well beyond fresh breath and preventing cavities and gum disease. It can also mean avoiding other types of medical disorders, such as heart disease, strokes, and diabetes.

If you didn’t already have enough reasons to love your teeth, there are obviously many reasons to maintain a healthy mouth. Still have questions or concerns? Give Dr. Bennett a call today to find out more about how to take care of your smile.

 

New Year, New Smile

January 25th, 2017

Smiling woman For many, a new year comes with new resolutions. And why not? A new year is a great time to create resolutions—especially those that can improve your health. For brace wearers, one of those resolutions should be to start making better oral hygiene decisions. Here are a few suggestions to help you reach your goal for a healthy new year.

Brush and Floss

One of the easiest, and most obvious, ways to improve your oral hygiene is daily brushing and flossing. To remove bacterial plaque, it’s important to brush your teeth at least twice a day for at least two minutes and floss once per day. And when brushing, be sure to use fluoridated toothpaste and an appropriately sized toothbrush. Proper daily brushing and flossing can help prevent gingivitis, tooth decay, and bad breath.

Healthier Eating

Another important way to improve oral hygiene is making healthier food and beverage choices. Brace wearers should always avoid sticky foods like caramel, gum, and taffy and hard or crunchy foods like popcorn and pretzels. But keep in mind that other foods and beverages loaded with carbs and acids increase the chances of tooth decay. If you are going to consume those types of items, be sure to brush your teeth after consuming them.

Say No to Tobacco

If you’re a smoker or if you use smokeless tobacco, quitting could significantly improve your oral hygiene and overall health in general.

Schedule Dental Visits

Routine visits to the dentist can help prevent oral disease and even catch existing problems early before they become a big problem. Dental appointments should occur every six months. These timeframes allow your dentist and hygienists to best monitor your oral health and create your specific oral health care plan. And if you’ve been putting off dental work needed—such as crowns, implants, or fillings—going ahead and scheduling these required procedures now could significantly improve your oral health.

Even if you don’t currently wear braces, anyone can make a new year’s resolution to improve your oral hygiene. And if you’ve been thinking about getting braces, there’s no better time than 2017 to take the leap. If you do, you’ll be enjoying a bright new smile in 2018!

 

 

 
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