Baby Boomer Smile – The Finishing Touch

The Baby Boomers are a generation like no other. In addition to growing up in the tumultuous sixties and seventies, they were the first to experience the full benefit of modern medicine, changing attitudes about nutrition and exercise, and the advent of plastic surgery.

As a result, they have been able to maintain a youthful appearance far longer than any other group (at least most of them have!). However, there is a part of the Fountain of Youth that many boomers may be overlooking—their smiles.

Orthodontics have been around in some form for the better part of a hundred years, but the braces of the sixties and seventies were more costly and available to fewer people than they are today. As a result, many people who grew up in those days may not have the straightest teeth. It is a shame that folks who are otherwise able to look so young… for so long… are missing a piece of the puzzle. Read more

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Oral Piercing – Is it Worth It?

Oral piercings of the tongue, lips, and cheeks are growing in popularity and acceptance, and are considered a way to express ones personality in an art form like tattoos. However, did you know the human bite can be more “toxic” than an animal bite? Keeping this in mind, imagine what could happen to your mouth with oral piercings that collect additional food and debris (that breed bacteria and germs) while banging against your teeth over 1500 times a day when you swallow… Read more

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Encouraging Kids to Eat Properly Benefits Everyone in North Royalton OH…

Family EatingBusy lifestyles and a multitude of distractions make it very difficult for kids and families today to eat a meal together. Most of us at Papandreas Orthodontics often find ourselves eating on the run between busy work schedules, dance lessons, sports practices and games, school activities, karate lessons … the list is endless. Not to mention how difficult it is to steer our kids away from the distractions of computer games and TV. Read more

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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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

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

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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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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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How Can Widely Spaced Teeth Impact Your Overall Health?

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How Can Widely Spaced Teeth Impact Your Overall Health?

While a beautiful smile might be first in your mind when you consider treatment from an orthodontist, it’s important to recognize that widely spaced teeth may indicate dental problems or have an impact on your overall health. Widely spaced teeth are known to increase the risk of tooth decay and gum disease, but Papandreas Orthodontics wants you to know that they may also indicate congenital conditions or increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.

What Causes Widely Spaced Teeth?

Genetic causes are probably the most common reason for widely spaced teeth. A gap in between the incisors (front teeth) may not be a major issue, but when many teeth are widely spaced, it can become a problem. Another genetic cause is congenital disorders. Acromegaly, for example, results from an excessive amount of growth hormone. People with acromegaly often have a large head and wide jaw but normal-sized teeth, which leads to excessive space between the teeth. Other congenital conditions include Ellis-van Creveld syndrome and Morquio syndrome, both of which affect bone growth. Sometimes you lose a tooth from an injury or a tooth must be pulled for some reason. The remaining teeth typically start to shift into the gap, causing spaces to develop between the remaining teeth.

Decay and Gum Disease

Widely spaced teeth increase the risk that food will collect in the spaces between teeth. Plaque and tartar can build up more easily, increase the odds of bad breath and make it more difficult to control the bacteria that cause tooth decay. Once these problems get a good head start, the risk of periodontal or gum disease goes up. Periodontal disease requires intensive and frequent treatments, while cavities must also be filled to prevent tooth loss or serious infections. Orthodontic correction of widely spaced teeth may allow you to avoid all of the extra time and expense in treating the problems that can result.

Other Dental Health Issues

Teeth that are not straight or that are widely spaced change the function of the mouth. For example, teeth that are misaligned and widely spaced can wear unevenly. This can damage the tooth enamel and increase the risk of a chipped or cracked tooth. When your upper and lower teeth don’t meet correctly, it is more difficult to chew your food properly. The process of chewing releases digestive enzymes contained in the saliva, which starts the digestion of your food. If you bolt your food instead of chewing it properly, it can negatively affect your digestion and your ability to absorb vital nutrients from your food.

Overall Health Issues

While widely spaced teeth don’t directly cause serious health problems, they increase the risk because they can lead to periodontal disease. The American Dental Association has found that heart disease, stroke, diabetes and pneumonia are all related to untreated periodontal disease. Inflammation seems to be the key to many of these problems, as it is damaging to the circulatory system. Mental health may also be an issue. People who don’t like the appearance of their teeth (especially children who are teased and called names) often have lower self-esteem. A low level of self-esteem can have negative psychological effects, such as depression or anxiety.

Treating Widely Spaced Teeth

An orthodontist (who is a dental professional with additional specialized training beyond that of general dentistry) can correct widely spaced and crooked teeth. If you have a wide gap between the two front teeth but no other problems, veneers or dental bonding may resolve the issue. Braces are the most common option for multiple widely spaced and crooked teeth. Options include:

  • Traditional metal braces are stainless steel brackets on the teeth that are connected with wires and rubber bands. They must be adjusted regularly to tighten the wires and gradually move teeth into a new position.
  • Ceramic braces are similar to metal braces but made from ceramic, which can be colored to match natural teeth or left clear. They are less noticeable than metal braces but otherwise function the same.
  • Damon braces are a subcategory of traditional braces, although they are made of either metal or ceramic. Each bracket has a special sliding piece that holds the wires. These braces can make oral hygiene easier as there are fewer pieces in the mouth to catch bacteria. They may also require fewer appointments for adjustments.
  • Lingual braces may be either metal or ceramic. They are attached to the inside of the tooth so they are less visible. They are typically more expensive and may be harder to clean. They may also affect your speech.
  • Invisalign braces are a completely different system composed of a clear plastic aligner that fits over the teeth. You get a series of aligners and put in a new one every few weeks. Removable, Invisalign makes oral hygiene easy and there are no dietary restrictions. Treatment may take longer, but fewer appointments are usually required.

 

Just because you were born with widely spaced teeth or something has happened to cause that problem, you need not go through life with this condition. In fact, it’s in your best interests to correct the problem because of the risks to your dental and overall health. An orthodontist can fix your problems with widely spaced teeth and give you a beautiful smile as well. If you live in the North Royalton, Ohio, area, please contact us at Papandreas Orthodontics for an appointment.

References:
https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/003063.htm

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

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Are Teeth or Jaws the Problem When Teeth are Crowded?

Common problems

A common problem we see every day at Papandreas Orthodontics is crowding of teeth. This problem is often accompanied by protruding or “buck teeth”. Crowding can give the appearance the teeth are oversized or too big for the size of the jaws. However, this is not always correct. Often, it is not a tooth problem, but because the size of the jaws is too small or narrow to accommodate the teeth.

Before and After Crowding Rochester NY

 

Orthodontic improvements

Throughout the years, orthodontists have approached this issue in different ways. In the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s, the most common practice was to remove permanent teeth to make room. Dr. Samuel Papandreas recognizes that tooth extractions may not be necessary with many crowded jaw situations. The removal of permanent teeth may result in a lack of lip support or reduction of a patient’s profile. While the reduced profile may be acceptable in younger years, the reduction becomes more pronounced with the aging process and less flattering as they grow older. For this reason, correct treatment diagnosis when considering tooth removals is critical to the outcome of a good long term result.

Due to these aesthetic considerations, extensive research, and technological advancements in the field of orthodontics, many orthodontists have altered their view on how best to deal with crowded situations. Today, a non-extraction therapy is preferred rather than extracting permanent teeth in most treatment plans for children and adolescents. Instead, the treatment focus is on encouraging jaw growth to properly house all the teeth and is most successful when children and adolescents are still growing and developing.

This type of treatment usually is based on the use of specialized appliances and newly designed braces which can move teeth further and faster than traditional braces of old. Successful non-extraction therapy results in a more pleasing long-term facial balance and improved bites. It is recommended that children be checked out by an orthodontist by age 7 or 8 to find out if they are a candidate for this type of treatment.

For more information contact our office for a complimentary orthodontic consultation. Dr. Papandreas and the Papandreas Orthodontics Team will be happy to help you determine if your child would benefit from this type of orthodontic treatment.

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

Are Teeth or Jaws the Problem When Teeth are Crowded?