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 Dental Sealants For Children (What – When – Why)

Dental sealants? When it comes to preventing cavities and overall good oral health, regular brushing and flossing pave the path to success. However, with there being so many nooks and crannies in your teeth, it is nearly impossible for a toothbrush or even floss to reach them all. Your molars, the teeth in the back of your mouth used for chewing, are especially susceptible to cavities because their surface is uneven. This makes them an ideal hiding spot for food and bacteria.

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Chipped or Knocked out Tooth (in Children)

What should I do in case my child chips or knocks out a tooth? No matter how well you take care of your child’s teeth during their younger years, the active lifestyle that many children lead makes it possible that your child will suffer from a situation where their tooth has been chipped or knocked loose. If you find that your child has chipped their front tooth, there are a variety of steps that you should follow. This is to make sure that the situation is handled properly and without worrying too much. It’s common for a baby tooth to be knocked loose, which is why you should be prepared for this scenario.

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Effects of Vaping on Teeth (& OTHER ISSUES)

If you’ve ever vaped before, you’ve likely done so primarily because you’ve been told that this practice is much better for your health than smoking. While there are some benefits that come with vaping when compared to smoking, there are a variety of issues that can stem from using e-cigarettes. Although e-cigarettes lack the tar found in standard cigarettes that leads to the decay of teeth, your teeth can still be adversely affected by them.

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7 Facts About Kids (Dental Sports Injuries)

What sport do you think causes the most dental injuries with kids? If you guessed football… you are right. The ADA estimated that faceguards and mouth guards prevent approximately 200,000 injuries each year in high school and college football alone. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry states the children between the ages of 7-11 are the most susceptible to injury. When all is said and done, it is up to parents to ensure their kids are protected during practices and games. Especially at a younger age, train kids of the importance of wearing mouthguards when they are older and on their own.

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The Definitive Guide (to Oral Health)

When it comes to your oral health, it is all about keeping your teeth in great shape. And seeing an expert when needed. Unfortunately, a lot of people forgo routine oral health and care. So they find that their teeth just aren’t in the shape that they need or want them to be. If you have always wanted a straight and beautiful smile, you first need to care for the teeth. But you may also want to consider having orthodontics done for your own benefit.

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Why Is It Necessary to Visit Your Orthodontist? [Regularly]

Why Is It Necessary to Visit Your Orthodontist Regularly? That first visit to your orthodontist for a consultation should never be your last. This is because receiving treatment requires multiple visits over a period of time, and you may still need to visit your orthodontic office again since changes in your teeth alignment can occur as you or your child gets older. While everyone’s situation is different, making sure that you attend those regular visits is worth it when you receive these benefits for your oral health and smile.

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At What Age Do Baby Teeth Normally Fall Out?

orthodontistAt What Age Do Baby Teeth Normally Fall Out?

Baby’s First Teeth

Teething can be an ordeal for you and your baby. It is an experience that requires patience and perseverance. Sadly, it is an inevitable painful experience for the young born who is now between 4 and seven months old.

Did you know that teeth development is hereditary? So if your teeth emerged early, the chances are that your baby will too. Babies get their 20 first baby teeth in pairs, and the lower central incisors are the first teeth to come on board followed by higher central incisors, lower and top lateral incisors, second molars, canines and first molars.

Falling Out of Baby Teeth

At the age of between 4 to 8 years depending on how early the baby teeth erupted, most kids start to lose their first tooth. The same order in which baby teeth erupted is the same order in which they will begin to fall off. They fall off to about the age of 12 or 13, and by now the kids should have a full set of permanent teeth.

Orthodontic Evaluation

Also, between these ages, it is vital for a child to get an orthodontic evaluation. An orthodontist specializes in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of dental irregularities. Misaligning of teeth can happen to babies too.Having an orthodontic evaluation early enough identifies the problem at an early stage and allows corrective measures to be equally taken soon.

Crooked Teeth

Common oral health problems such as thumb sucking, tongue thrusting or prolonged use of bottle may cause a baby to lose a tooth or delay eruption. A permanent tooth might grow into the empty space. As such, it can crowd permanent teeth causing them to become twisted, crooked, or even overlap.

Other reasons may include

  • Misalignment of the jaw due to a facial injury
  • The mouth being too small
  • Undue pressure on the teeth and gums
  • Malformed sizes of upper and lower jaws causing an overbite or underbite
  • Inherited traits
  • Gingivitis

What are the Long Run Benefits of Early Treatments?

  • This is primarily the first step towards caring for your child’s smile.
  • It saves your child disturbances of teeth removal and financial burden caused through adult procedures.
  • Moreover, this is the most recommended stage of growth to fix a child’s bite, and a parent might not have a better time to straighten their child’s teeth.
  • Interceptive care or preventive care can be an advantage to guide the intended result of development to take place this prevents further problems from developing.

Hints that your Child might need Early Treatment?

  • Difficulty in chewing and biting
  • Sticking out teeth
  • Speech obstruction
  • Shifting of the jaw when a child closes or opens their mouth
  • Crowded front teeth
  • Irregular eruption patterns
  • Mouth breathing

 

Orthodontic Appliances and Recommendations

Braces

Braces can be suitable for your child as early as the age of 7. By this age, uneven bite and overcrowding have become permanent, and the teeth are conducive for straightening. They can stay for as short or long as advised by the orthodontic and depending on the severity of the dental problem.

They apply pressure to the teeth and jaws and move them into the desired position. There are different types of braces that orthodontics would recommend. They include,

Orthodontic Headgear

This is a headgear recommended for correcting a misaligned bit and also for creating more space for crowded teeth by moving the molars further back.It is normally used especially in kids for a short time.

Elastic Bands

These are rubber bands used in children to apply more force to move a tooth and jaws to the desired position. They are colored differently to amuse them as they decorate their mouths.

Temporary Anchorage Devices

These are mini-screws that are temporarily fixed into a bone to apply force to move the teeth. They are best used for tooth control.

Call Papandreas Orthodontics to Schedule Your First Orthodontic Appointment

Dr. Samuel Papandreas provides expert orthodontic care for adults, teenagers and children at his facilities in:

• Brunswick, Ohio
• North Royalton, Ohio

His patients are fitted with customized orthodontic devices that include:

• Braces – color-matching ceramic or metal devices
• Retainers – worn at night when your braces are removed
• Invisalign aligners – clear plastic devices
• Palatal expanders – worn before your orthodontic treatment begins

You can schedule an appointment with Papandreas Orthodontics to learn about the best type of orthodontic treatment for you and your children to improve your smile correct your dental bite.

Papandreas Orthodontics
3511 Center Road, Suite B
Brunswick, OH 44212
tel: 330-558-9092

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14200 Ridge Rd
North Royalton, OH 44133
tel: 440-582-8585
https://drpapandreas.com/

 

Are there alternatives to having teeth removed for braces?

orthodontistAre There Alternatives To Having Teeth Removed For Braces?

For anyone who has every had a tooth pulled, it becomes more obvious why those considering braces want to know if there are alternatives to having teeth pulled in order to have them installed. Most will look for any alternative to a tooth extraction and is usually one of the first questions that most will ask their orthodontist when discussing the process.

The answer to whether or not a tooth will need to be pulled will depend on a variety of factors. Some factors may include the age of the patient, how overcrowded the teeth may be, bite asymmetry and whether or not surgery or other procedures are an option. Below are some other factors and options to take into consideration before needing to result to a tooth extraction for the installation of braces.

Damon System Of Orthodontic Braces

One of the more popular options these days for orthodontic treatments is called the Damon System. This particular method has been proven to offer patients optimal teeth straightening results without the need to have any teeth removed prior to the installation of the braces. This system may be applied to the teeth using clear or metal hardware. The patient is also able to choose different colors of bands to create a more unique look and style. This is a simple and powerful system to help give the best results with minimal treatment time and discomfort.

Invisalign System

The Invisalign system for aligners offers patients a completely different alternative to traditional braces with no need to use any clear or metal hardware. This system uses hardware that is similar to retainers or mouth guards to gently move your teeth into place. The benefits of this system is that it is easy to use and easier to keep your teeth clean compared to traditional braces. These are able to be used on patients in their teens and for adults. The only time when this is not a viable option is when a patient has unsalvageable tooth damage or severe stages of tooth decay. Invisalign generally reduces the need for a tooth removal because it works by gently expanding a patient’s jaw. This can create room for the teeth that are overcrowded and eliminate any need for extractions.

Teeth Slimming

This method is another alternative to having teeth extracted for braces. It is an orthodontic technique used to slim down certain teeth in order to create more room on your jaw line. This is typically used when the width of your teeth is what is causing the overcrowding. When your orthodontic specialist slims down the sides of certain teeth, it will give your teeth more room to move and grow comfortably without having to have any other teeth removed. As we age, teeth naturally slim down on their own from years of chewing, flossing and brushing. However, this is sometimes not enough to make adequate room for braces being installed. In this instance, the use of manual tooth slimming is a great alternative to getting a tooth removed.

Palate Expander Option

This option is typically only available for patients that are under the age of 16. A palate expander is put in to help widen your palate before it fully hardens into place. This commonly occurs around the age of 16. The use of the palate expander will create enough room for the teeth to grow and shift without needing to extract a tooth.

Am I Going To Need Surgery?

Unfortunately, some patients will ultimately need to have a tooth extracted. One last option, however, is dental surgery. In some cases, the option of dental surgery can offer the same results of a tooth extraction without needing to remove any teeth. Of course, dental surgery is invasive in its own way as well. It has two main objectives: to try and move the bottom row of a patient’s teeth forward or move the patient’s top row of teeth to the back of their mouth.

What Are Temporary Anchoring Devices?

One last option is called the TAD option. This is a process that can bypass the need to have a tooth extracted prior to getting braces put in. The process includes securing one or more of your critical teeth in place by using a very small implant underneath the gums. These implants are important because they help make the control of your jaw alignment easier and will help ease the possibility of overcrowding problems as you get older.

Call Papandreas Orthodontics to Schedule Your First Orthodontic Appointment

Dr. Samuel Papandreas provides expert orthodontic care for adults, teenagers and children at his facilities in:

• Brunswick, Ohio
• North Royalton, Ohio

His patients are fitted with customized orthodontic devices that include:

• Braces – color-matching ceramic or metal devices
• Retainers – worn at night when your braces are removed
• Invisalign aligners – clear plastic devices
• Palatal expanders – worn before your orthodontic treatment begins

You can schedule an appointment with Papandreas Orthodontics to learn about the best type of orthodontic treatment for you and your children to improve your smile correct your dental bite.

Papandreas Orthodontics
3511 Center Road, Suite B
Brunswick, OH 44212
tel: 330-558-9092

***

14200 Ridge Rd
North Royalton, OH 44133
tel: 440-582-8585
https://drpapandreas.com/

How To Overcome Your Fear Of Having Braces

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LAST UPDATED: NOVEMBER 28, 2017

How To Overcome Your Fear Of Having Braces

Your smile is one of the first things that people notice about you. Unfortunately, not everyone was born with perfect teeth. The same is true with children. Your child could have an overbite, and underbite, crowded teeth, or teeth that are spaced too far apart. When your kids are young and even after they grow up, if they are not happy with the appearance of their smile, it can affect the way they interact with people. They could feel self-conscious when they are talking to people and laughing. Just smiling at someone can make your child feel uncomfortable. Fortunately, the problem can be treated with braces. There are some people who know that their kids need braces but they don’t get them because they are afraid. Also, most kids dread getting braces due to fear. There are many different reasons that parents and children are afraid to get braces. If the only thing coming between your child and a perfect smile is a fear of getting braces there are a few ways that you can help them overcome the fear.

FAQ

Are you afraid of the pain caused by braces?

If the reason you are avoiding seeing an orthodontist is that your child is afraid of the pain and you are afraid of seeing your child in pain, you should not worry. Braces are not as painful as you might think. Orthodontic treatment does not involve wrenching or twisting the teeth into place. It is actually a relatively gentle process that gradually realigns the teeth. Having the braces put on is completely painless. When your child first gets their braces, the inside of the mouth can get poked by the metal brackets. The dentist will give your child wax to put over the brackets to keep this from happening. Over time, the skin on the inside of the mouth will harden up enough where the wax will no longer be necessary. The only time there would be discomfort is after an adjustment. After the braces are tightened, it can result in some pain and tenderness, but not anything too serious. If your child is in pain, an over the counter pain medication or a numbing ointment can help.

Are you afraid of what the orthodontist will do?

One reason that many kids are afraid to get braces if because they don’t know what is going on. They are lying horizontally with a bright light shining on their face. They have no idea what the orthodontist is doing. If you let your orthodontist know ahead of time that your child is afraid, the orthodontist will take the time to explain the procedure. When your child sees what each piece of equipment does and they understand what the orthodontist is going to be doing, it can make the fear of the unknown go away. This is often something that can be done during the consultation, before the actual day that the braces will be put on. When it is done before the big day, your child won’t have any anxiety leading up to the appointment.

Are you afraid of being embarassed by your braces?

Most kids are afraid to look different than the other kids, for fear of being bullied or teased. If this is the reason that your child doesn’t want to get braces, sitting them down to have a talk can help. Let your child know that having the treatment now will make them look better for their entire lives. You should also let them know that there are plenty of kids who have braces, many of them could be in their school. You can also let your child know what options they have to accessorize with their braces. Kids today have plenty of options, such as brightly colored rubber bands and brackets. They can have the dentist use their favorite colors. This could make wearing braces seem a bit more fun. If your child is really against wearing braces, you can speak to your dentist about Invisalign, which are completely invisible.

Are you afraid of getting food stuck in your braces?

Kids take things much more seriously than adults do. If an adult has food in their teeth, they get it out and move on with their lives. When a kid gets food in their teeth and the other kids see it, it can be devastating and the embarrassment can last for days. If this is the reason your child doesn’t want to get braces because they are afraid of this type of embarrassment, you can reassure them. A person who doesn’t have braces has just as much chance of getting food caught in their teeth as a person who does. You can let them know that drinking water after eating will wash all the food away. If they still aren’t sure, you can get your child a pocket mirror so that they can check their braces to make sure that there isn’t any food in their teeth.

Are you afraid of having braces for a long time?

While orthodontic treatment does take time, the amount of time that it takes could seem like forever to your child. Even though you cannot make the treatment go any faster, you can make your child feel better about it. You can tell your child that they may need to wear braces for a year or two, but it will result in a perfect smile for the next 60 years. Help them understand that in the long run, the treatment will be well worth it.

Call Papandreas Orthodontics to Schedule Your First Orthodontic Appointment

Dr. Samuel Papandreas provides expert orthodontic care for adults, teenagers, and children at his facilities in:

• Brunswick, Ohio
• North Royalton, Ohio

His patients are fitted with customized orthodontic devices that include:

• Braces – color-matching ceramic or metal devices
• Retainers – worn at night when your braces are removed
• Invisalign aligners – clear plastic devices
• Palatal expanders – worn before your orthodontic treatment begins

You can schedule an appointment with Papandreas Orthodontics to learn about the best type of orthodontic treatment for you and your children to improve your smile correct your dental bite.

Papandreas Orthodontics
3511 Center Road, Suite B
Brunswick, OH 44212
tel: 330-558-9092

***

14200 Ridge Rd
North Royalton, OH 44133
tel: 440-582-8585

How To Overcome Your Fear Of Having Braces

What to Expect When Seeing an Orthodontist

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Do You or Your Child Need Braces? Don’t Miss These 4 Pro Tips for What to Expect When Seeing an Orthodontist for the First Time

It happens all the time: A child or an adult doesn’t want to smile because he or she has crooked teeth. The person feels ashamed and embarrassed. Worse yet, the person is afraid to visit an orthodontist to talk about it. But that doesn’t have to be the way it is! By following these four pro tips, you’ll be able to set your expectations for a first-time visit to an orthodontist and be able to predict what will happen. Better yet, you’ll know the key questions to ask to make sure you have the information you need to make a decision about investing in braces.

Let’s get started:

Tip #1: First Steps

After you book your initial consultation, you’ll take the first steps toward your braces treatment plan by visiting the orthodontist to meet your doctor for the first time. Don’t be nervous if you’ve never been before! Just bring your questions and let your orthodontist explain the treatment plan.

Your doctor will examine your teeth and may order special X-rays to better see complicated tooth alignment. From there, he or she will prescribe a treatment plan, explain your options for braces and give you a projected timeline for how long it will take to get your perfect smile.

Tip #2:

Once you’ve gone through a consultation, it will be time to start the first step in treatment. Your orthodontist will take more X-rays of your teeth, if he or she didn’t order them during the consultation, and will take one of the several impressions of your teeth to get a perfect model for aligning your teeth throughout the treatment process.

You’ll also get your “Before” photos. You’ll get your “After” photos at the conclusion of treatment. Spend the rest of your time asking your orthodontist any questions you have. They are knowledgeable and ready to help!

Tip #3:

During your third visit, you’ll get to see your treatment devices, depending on the kinds of braces you have chosen. In addition, some patients don’t need full braces and instead wear mouthpieces and headgear for a period of time to align their teeth. Regardless of your treatment plan, you’ll get to see them up close and go over any questions you have about the treatment process.

Tip #4:

Most of the time, when you have braces put on it’s not the orthodontist but a skilled orthodontist assistant who will put them on. The orthodontist will come back to check to make sure everything is in place. The orthodontist assistant places each bracket by hand onto your tooth, using precise placement and paying attention to detail throughout the process. If you have any questions during this process, either before or after, please ask — as the staff wants you to feel comfortable in the process. From there, your orthodontist will prescribe a plan for seeing your regularly to tighten your braces and check on them throughout the duration of your treatment.

If you are getting a different oral device, such as Invisalign aligners, then you’ll need to visit the office every two weeks to have your aligners checked and replaced with new ones. Technology makes it possible to get a detailed model of your teeth via the impressions your orthodontist takes and to precisely align your teeth over the course of time without the appearance of braces.

Once your treatment plan is over, you can have your braces removed in as little as 90 minutes. You’ll get a custom retainer that you’ll need to wear the rest of your life so that you can keep your teeth straight. Our teeth are constantly moving — and you may be back in the office to get braces again if you don’t wear your retainer regularly.

Are You Ready for Your Smile of the Future?

If you’re tired of that crooked, charming smile and you want to turn it into a shiny, straight one — then book your first orthodontist appointment today. Only a trusted, licensed orthodontist can get your teeth into perfect alignment.

Many first-time patients are at first afraid of getting braces — but there is nothing to fear when visiting an orthodontist. It is painless to get braces, and while you can experience discomfort as your teeth slowly align once they are on, you can manage it with over-the-counter pain relievers. What you’re looking for in an orthodontist is someone who will answer your questions and calm your fears — all the while giving you options for your braces.

Call Papandreas Orthodontics to Schedule Your First Orthodontic Appointment

Dr. Samuel Papandreas provides expert orthodontic care for adults, teenagers, and children at his facilities in:

• Brunswick, Ohio
• North Royalton, Ohio

His patients are fitted with customized orthodontic devices that include:

• Braces – color-matching ceramic or metal devices
• Retainers – worn at night when your braces are removed
• Invisalign aligners – clear plastic devices
• Palatal expanders – worn before your orthodontic treatment begins

You can schedule an appointment with Papandreas Orthodontics to learn about the best type of orthodontic treatment for you and your children to improve your smile correct your dental bite.

What to Expect When Seeing an Orthodontist

Papandreas Orthodontics
3511 Center Road, Suite B
Brunswick, OH 44212
tel: 330-558-9092

***

14200 Ridge Rd
North Royalton, OH 44133
tel: 440-582-8585