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February 23rd, 2022

Aligners are an integral tool of orthodontics. Like any tool, when handled properly, it can deliver fantastic results but unlike a hammer, not every patient is a nail. In other words, every patient is different and requires individual and unique treatment planning in order to be successful.

This nice lady provided an example of effective treatment planning to give her a great smile without negatively impacting her fragile gingival health. By using a combination of staged tooth movement. (i.e., moving specific teeth at specific times to avoid excessive expansion and well-designed IPR (interproximal Reduction), we were able to align her teeth for maximum health and esthetics.

IPR is where small amounts of enamel are removed from the sides of the teeth to develop space for alignment to avoid excessive expansion which can compromise the health of the gums.

Her treatment required 8 visits over 14 months

Experience and understanding of the mechanics of the tooth movement are keys to the success with any orthodontics treatment. Let us help.

Why Teeth Are Crowded?

September 9th, 2021

 

                                         HOW DID WE GET HERE?

                   

One of the most common issues we see in orthodontics is crowded teeth. Have you ever wondered why the teeth are crowded? The simple reason, besides genetics, is there is not enough space because the teeth are too big but the most often cause is the upper and the lower jaws are not big enough to accommodate the teeth. In other words, the jaws are not skeletally wide enough, if that is the case, then in most patients you would want to skeletally widen the jaws to accommodate the crowded teeth. The best time to get stabile skeletal correction with the greatest amount of ease is between 7 and 10 years old. At this age, the bones are malleable and easy to manipulate.

In this issue we show before and after photos of two 8 year olds. Both had the upper and lower jaws expanded. The things to notice are the width increase in the jaws and the natural alignment of the teeth which occurs spontaneously as the jaws are widened. This natural alignment creates stabile healthy teeth and gums, the process takes 8-10 months with 6 months of stabilization.

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Increased Overbite (Class II)

July 7th, 2021

HOW DID WE GET HERE

    

The most common treatment in Orthodontics is for an increased overbite (Class II). It is also the most unpredictable because of the need for increased patient cooperation, (i.e. wearing rubber bands) the above patient had a unilateral Class II which we used braces and a TAD (Temporary Anchorage Device) to correct. The TAD takes the unpredictability out of the treatment because of the patient cooperation and the direct mechanics

Placing a TAD requires topical anesthetics. We can place one in 3 to 5 minutes. TAD’s are the way to go for predictable Class II treatment.

Also, we did some enamelplasty to smooth the rough edges on the upper front teeth (Centrals) and enamel reduction between these teeth to resolve the “black triangle.

Preteens or Teens With Missing Front Teeth

April 14th, 2021

Preteens Or Teens With Missing Front Teeth

How did we get here?

Do you have a child with a missing upper front tooth? If you do, this blog will provide useful information to help you decide what to do.

There are 3 options.

1) If there is a baby tooth in the position of the missing tooth, keep it . This is not a long term proposition because the baby tooth will be lost (you’ll be lucky if the tooth last 15 years).

2) Open space for the missing tooth– This is usually the best if you are missing one front tooth, as closing the space for one tooth can create an asymmetry. In the photos below the patient is missing one front tooth. With orthodontics, we created space for the tooth then her dentist placed a Maryland Bridge.                                                                                 

                                       

3) Close space for the  missing tooth (teeth). This option when possible is the best solution long term as it can alleviate the need for further dental treatment (i.e. the need to replace 2 missing teeth). If handled properly the esthetics of the smile are significantly enhanced. Also you avoid the long term cost for the repeated replacement of the restorations (expect to replace each restoration 4 times over a lifetime). The patient below is a perfect example of this. We closed the space for the two side front teeth and reshaped.                                                                                                                           

The last example is a patient with a missing front tooth. As I mentioned above, the best results usually involves opening space for the missing tooth because of the asymmetry created but with well planned orthodontics and dental restoration, we were able to develop the esthetics without opening any space.

                

As you have learned there are options for handling missing front teeth. At our office, we review the possibilities and help you make the right choice for your child.

Let us know how we can help!