We’ve come a long way since headgear was the orthodontic standard back in the 1970s. With the introduction of Invisalign braces into the world of orthodontics, headgear seems like a rusty old antique these days. However, there are still several people who need to use orthodontic headgear, including children with severe underbites or overbites.
Headgear applies a certain amount of pressure to hold the upper jaw back while allowing the lower jaw to grow into the correct position. Instead of normal braces that tighten from inside the mouth, headgear wraps around the back of the neck or the top of the head to apply pressure from various angles onto the jaw. Headgear can essentially be used to move the upper molars into the back of the mouth in order to fix any overbites. Other headgear works to pull the teeth back and upward in order to correct an underbite.
Although Invisalign braces can’t necessarily fix an overbite or underbite, they can work to straighten your teeth while providing you with the confidence that an old set of headgear or shiny metallic braces cannot provide. They are also a much more comfortable overall process than headgear or traditional braces, allowing your teeth to slowly transition into alignment rather than being pulled or tightened every month.
Although many children and adults may be embarrassed to smile when wearing braces, there are several fun options to make your braces more unique and personally customized. Why keep ugly metallic braces on your teeth when you can choose from an array of fun colors from month to month? When an orthodontist goes in to tighten up your braces, you often have the option of choosing what color bands you would like. You can choose one color or multiple colors at a time.
If Saint Patrick’s Day is coming up, you might decide to get green braces for the month to match your outfits. For Christmas, try red and white. If it’s Hanukkah, blue and white may be your best bet. You can also choose pastel colors for the spring months to match with your lighter clothes. Or you can try showing school pride by choosing your school colors for your braces.
If colored braces aren’t your thing, don’t worry! We also offer affordable Invisalign braces at our Brooklyn office. These work as clear braces, which help to straighten your teeth without giving you an embarrassing metallic smile. Invisalign are often less painful than braces and allow for a smoother, more gradual process of straightening your teeth. However, you won’t be able to match your Invisalign braces with your holiday outfits!
While your mom was undeniably right when she hassled you relentlessly to brush your teeth at least twice a day, oral hygiene really isn’t all that simple. Twice daily brushing is, of course, at the core of dental care but there’s a plethora of other practices to be considered if you want your gnashers to remain brilliantly bright and healthy. Here’s a quick guide to optimal dental healthcare:
Brushing: cleaning with an appropriately bristled brush at least twice a day is the mainstay for removing plaque and tartar in order to prevent cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. Do make sure to use a brush that you can comfortably clean well with without tearing your gums or potentially damaging your enamel.
Flossing: neglected by many, this practice performed once a day ensures plaque and decaying food is removed from in between the teeth. Flossing should be performed before brushing so fluoride toothpaste has better access to areas between teeth in order to mineralize them.
Tongue cleaning and mouthwash: lastly, be sure to lightly brush away the bacteria, fungi and decaying food particles (which generate bad breath) from the tongue. Rinse with mouthwash for extra fresh breath.
Of course, oftentimes dental problems and irregularities can occur even if you’re practicing proper dental care. In the case of crooked teeth, you may need to seek out a solution, such as Invisalign braces or consult Hanson Place Orthodontics, the leaders in Suresmile in Brooklyn.
NY orthodontists get a lot of flak from kids: how long does my retainer have to be in? Why do the metal ones have a taste? I dropped my retainer in the toilet and need a new one! With so many groups thriving in New York, braces, Invisalign and SureSmile patients have a hard time flashing their dental bling. But why are so many orthodontic patients kids? The answer is: the world is cruel and unyielding, so get used to it.
Just kidding! Actually, orthodontics happens to work better when the patient’s teeth are still developing. Signs of orthodontic trouble include the retention or early loss of baby teeth, speech difficulty, or thumb sucking–all signs easy to read as a child. Not only that, the developing gums and growing skull allow the opportunity for easier, shorter treatment time. The same vulnerability a child’s teeth have for misalignment allow Invisalign, braces and retainers to shape a bite with ease.
Not to say an adult cannot benefit from orthodontics, but a longer history means more complications and a longer term of treatment. Often, wisdom teeth will have drifted or impacted in the bite, usually requiring surgery to correct. Having braces as a kid definitely saves a lot of pain later. Besides, braces make you look like this when you get older, honest:
Previously, we blogged about the kinds of symptoms that would require orthodontic treatment and the services NY orthodontists like those in Hanson Place could provide. Though medical science advances by leaps and bounds and children balk at having bits of metal crammed in their maw, sometimes the best treatment an orthodontist can recommend is a tried and true remedy–the bane of nerds everywhere–the retainer.
Thine age be showing through thine permanent retainer, you shout! Such things be outdated and old, like cassette players and paying for movies. Actually, internet-age, services like Invisalign are technically retainers, though orthodontists do not consider them as such.
The difference is retainers are generally worn during sleep to make up for the removal of braces. With Invisalign, braces are replaced entirely. Metal braces shift teeth into alignment, but the teeth need to be held in place while bone and gum structure grows into a permanent configuration. Retainers can accomplish this during the vital regenerative state of sleep. While the advantage of Invisalign is total invisibility, especially from bullies, they are more expensive and require a commitment of wearing the adjustments 24/7, removed only for eating and the cleaning of teeth.
The technology that makes Invisalign possible is stronger materials like Zendura, which do not break down as easily in the mouth; however, they work to essentially the same principle as the retainer, by holding teeth in the shape wanted.
One of the most common reasons to visit practitioners of orthodontics in Brooklyn, NY, like Dr. Yakov Eisenberger of Hanson Place Ortho, is for deep bite. The condition is recognizable for the significantly extended top dental arch–it appears as if the patient is covering his bottom teeth with his front teeth. Deep bite is actually classified as a malocclusion, a condition in which the top and bottom halves of the mouth do not line up.
The causes for malocclusion are rooted in the bones of the skull, most commonly as a result of an injured jaw bone. A person may also develop malocclusion if the lengths of the upper and lower jaw do not match up or if the person has a particularly short or long face. Reasons for development outnumber the stars, but studies indicate the formation of these bones are directly related to childhood mastication–chewing on different things, with different habits, during developmental years affects the way teeth line up with each other.
Though extreme cases of malocclusion appear detrimental, and interfere with speech or eating, the treatment is thankfully simple. Using orthodontic techniques, aided by modern 3-D imagining and products such as Invisalign and SureSmile, teeth can be guided firmly into a good fit. At the extremes, orthodontic surgery can be used to correct a major malocclusion.
NY orthodontists are generally lumped in with dentists in the fear and loathing category–almost anything to do with medical teeth care is considered painful and often avoided. With the advent of better technologies available in Brooklyn, Invisalign and other techniques are making it easier for orthodontists to distance themselves from that image. After all, none of what they do causes anyone intense pain.
Orthodontics is a profession distinct from dentistry, correcting problems in the arrangement of teeth, such as an overbite, by using wires to push the teeth back into shape. With modern fabrications, no enormous headgear is necessary to make these corrections. The level of discomfort is nowhere near something like a root canal, which requires anesthetic. Though some of the tools still look medieval, orthodontics today is nothing short of “bleeding-edge.”
Using 3-D imaging and casting techniques, using clear braces such as Invisalign or SureSmile is accurate, quick, and painless. Orthodontists customize a set of wires and comfortable contact points to a patient’s mouth to gently correct a spacing issue. Since Brooklyn, NY orthodontists must have a dental degree, a patient can be sure none of his or her pearly whites will come to harm; rather, they will have a much brighter, straighter smile afterward.
Braces have come a long way over the past few decades. And like we already stated, metal braces are about to go the way of headgear. Advancements in the industry mean better technology and happier patients. In fact, with the number of technologies available today, there is no reason why anybody should have to fear braces.
Along with Invisalign, SureSmile, and other interesting new technologies, In-Ovation braces are increasingly gaining wide acceptance among orthodontists.
In-Ovation braces look and work like a compact version of traditional metal braces, but with some updated touches that make them much easier to deal with, for both doctors and patients. In-Ovation braces use a variety of different pieces to put together a holistic system that allows teeth to move more easily and with less pain than they would with older styles.
The secret to In-Ovation’s success is not in any one part. It uses a low friction design to attach the wires to the brackets. This design puts less direct pressure on the teeth and allows them to move more freely, due to the lack of friction present in the system.
Best of all, In-Ovation offers clear and white brackets and wires for a discrete look. Learn more by visiting out website and see if In-Ovation is the right choice for you.
It is finally here. After years of turning away teens, Invisalign Teen is here. Finally, teenagers can take advantage of Invisalign Teen technology for straightening teeth. This is great news for teenagers who were previously afraid of the idea of having potentially painful metal braces.
Invisalign has always been a popular choice among adults and now teens can reap the benefits. The benefits of the technology, especially for self-conscious kids, are vast:
- Invisalign Teen is almost painless.
- It is invisible.
- It is comfortable and easy to wear.
- The fit is custom and there are no painful adjustments.
One of the biggest gripes teens have about traditional braces is not the pain, but that braces generally get in the way of their burgeoning lives. Everything from eating the food they like to playing sports, all can be a bit more dangerous, or just a nuisance with braces. Teens with traditional braces have it rough. Invisalign is not jut a solution to a mouth full of metal; it is a solution to an outdated way of aligning one’s teeth.
If your teen is interested in Invisalign, contact Hanson Place today. Many teens may be a good candidate for the clear solution for their teeth!
When you get your Brooklyn Invisalign or Suresmile appointment you might begin to feel a little nervous. Many people have spoken for a long time about how uncomfortable getting braces can feel, could these two options help people avoid that part of the process? Probably not entirely, though both have a better track record than more traditional braces.
Still, knowing what kind of pain you should expect versus pain that is uncommon is helpful. Also helpful though, is being prepared to fully explain how things feel to your orthodontist. Far too many of us are complacent during medical or dental procedures, unable to express where pain is coming from and how exactly it feels. If we all improve our ability to express exactly what seems wrong during a procedure we will greatly improve our orthodontist’s ability to solve the problem.
Of course, being clear is easier said than done. (Especially given the fact that someone is working inside your mouth.) Still the closer you can get to isolating any potential problems with your Invisalign or Suresmile the better it will function and the better you will feel. In any case it is important to communicate all of your concerns before leaving the office.