Contrary to popular belief, braces cannot always straighten teeth on their own and they can sometimes substitute a problem with another. Bite turbos are typically used with braces and attached directly to the teeth to prevent the wearer from biting down completely once installed.
Retainers come with their own set of problems, though: they’re unwieldy, unsightly, and prone to interfere with speech. As for removable retainers, they can be lost, broken, or forgotten. A great option for patients looking for a simple yet durable solution to tooth movement is permanent or bonded lingual retainers, which we offer here at Patuxent Orthodontics.
Unlike visible brackets and wires, the Invisalign system uses transparent, hard plastic trays called aligners to gradually reposition your teeth. Depending on the severity of your teeth’s original condition, you’ll wear the aligners for 12 to 18 months. However, what should you do if your teeth’s condition is relatively mild? Find out what Invisalign® Express is and how it differs from Invisalign and SPARK Aligners.
As a side sleeper, it’s unpleasant to have the braces pressing against your cheeks when your head is on the pillow. This dilemma can easily be solved through dental wax, an inexpensive, easy-to-use solution. With this temporary application, the braces are covered, decreasing the friction that causes irritation while sleeping with braces.
Invisalign aligners can help you reach your full smile potential! The Invisalign system may be the right choice if you want a more discreet tooth-straightening option! Are invisible aligners suitable for everyone? Find out in today’s article!
Patients of any age can benefit from braces and their alternative treatments. Having your teeth straightened and aligned not only boosts your confidence but also contributes to your overall health. Maintaining good oral hygiene and eating can be easier when teeth are corrected. In addition, gum disease and other problems can be drastically reduced when your teeth are easier to clean. So, when is the right time to get braces?
When you wear braces, it can be difficult to bite down as you did before. The braces are meant to help you straighten your teeth, and there are a few things you should avoid while the braces are in place that will ensure they stay in place and do their job.
The vaping process works by converting e-liquid into an aerosol that can be inhaled through battery-operated heating components. Smoking e-cigarettes, which contain chemicals, flavoring, and sometimes nicotine, has been linked to respiratory issues and cancer. E-cigarettes are also linked to oral health problems, including staining teeth, weakened gums, and tooth decay. Discover how vaping impacts your overall health and how to maintain a healthy smile if vaping is your new nicotine habit!
Today, it’s all about catching the culprits upsetting your healthy smile at a young age with the best early treatment plan possible. That is why Patuxent Orthodontics offers interceptive orthodontic treatment to children and teenagers alike! The time has come for your child to say goodbye to their dental problems and welcome their sparkling permanent teeth!
As your teeth adjust to their desired position after having your braces removed, a retainer stabilizes them. Once braces are removed, teeth have an uncanny tendency to return to their original positions due to their solid long-term memory. In the absence of braces, retainers act as temporary support for the bones and ligaments until they adjust to their new positions. Your teeth and bite will regress if you don’t wear your retainer as directed, rendering your previous orthodontic treatment ineffective. Let’s talk about what happens if your retainer is worn improperly!