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Improving Sleep Problems with Orthodontics | 5 EPIC ANSWERS

Improving sleep problems with orthodontics. It is not too unusual for people to have sleeping issues. For some, it seems that no matter how long they stay in bed that they are not refreshed when they wake. This seems to be an ongoing problem for which relief is needed, and braces may offer the perfect solution. In this post, we’re going to show you quick answers to questions on this subject. Let’s dive right in.

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At What Age Do Baby Teeth Normally Fall Out?

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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/

 

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What is Bad Breath (Explained in 11 Steps)

How Common Is Bad Breath? Halitosis is a common oral health issue that affects everyone at some time in their lives, but there are also individuals who have chronic halitosis. Having a foul odor from the mouth can lead to embarrassment, and it can also make the food or beverages that you consume taste awful. Approximately 25% of adults have a major problem with halitosis, and many of the individuals with the condition seek professional help for the problem. When you have halitosis frequently, you should visit an orthodontist to learn more about the causes & treatments for the condition.

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Are there foods I can’t eat with braces?

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LAST UPDATED: AUGUST 29, 2017

The goal of wearing braces is simple: to straighten your teeth and give you a picture perfect smile. They have amazing benefits, but they can also come with their disadvantages. One of the disadvantages is that people who wear metal alignment devices are more than likely prohibited from eating some foods. Remembering all of the different foods to avoid can be quite overwhelming. Luckily, here is an FAQ of the main foods you should avoid when wearing braces.

FAQ

Can I Chew Gum with Braces?

This is a given for most people who wear teeth alignment devices. Many people who chew gum while having these devices in their mouth are subject to spending hours upon hours picking the gums out of the metal pieces. Not only is this process annoying, any missed pieces of gum can lodge itself between the metal and teeth and prevent proper cleaning of certain areas of the teeth, making your teeth more susceptible to an increased amount of germs in the mouth. Chewing gum and Invisalign also do not work well together as the gum will stick to the aligners. Chewing gum with metal in your mouth will not make your orthodontist happy.

Can I Eat Apples with Braces?

Apples are extremely healthy and were at one point even said to be good for dental health. However, whole apples are not ideal for people who require teeth straighteners as they are too hard on the teeth. Consider the following alterations to make apples safer to eat:

  • Coring and dicing –  The smaller the apple chunks, the less likely that damage will be done to your teeth.
  • Shaving the apple
  • Bake the apples – Ideal for a sweet, healthy apple treat.

No matter which way you choose to eat the apple, always enjoy your apple by eating it in the safest way possible.

Can I Eat Beef Jerky with Braces?

Beef Jerky is a simple, favorite snack among many people, however, they are just not a good snack for people who wear teeth alignment devices. Simply put, the texture is just too rough on the teeth for them to be safe. Eating beef jerky can cause bands to snap, leading to unwanted visits to the orthodontist.

Can I Eat Caramel or Chewy Candy with Braces?

Along the same principle of avoiding bubble gum, it is advised that one who wears metal aligners on his or her teeth should avoid eating caramel or chewy candies as well. Like gum, these foods can get extremely messy and annoying to clean out. The sugar in these treats can also become very sticky and difficult to brush away.

Can I Eat Popcorn with Braces?

Going to the movies just got a little less exciting. Those who wear metal aligners are advised not to eat popcorn. Although the white, puffy parts of the popcorn don’t seem to pose too much of a threat, there are parts of a cooked popcorn kernel that do pose a threat are difficult to avoid. The “shelling” (as some would like to call them) of a popcorn kernel can easily get stuck between the wire and the brackets and it is nearly impossible to remove. Also, on the off chance that you accidentally chew one of the uncooked popcorn kernels that normally appear in every batch, you could risk breaking the wire. Therefore, this is a snack you may be better off avoiding.

Can I Eat Meat on the Bone with Braces?

The meat itself is actually great to eat with metal aligners; it is the actual bone that becomes problematic. The bone in meat is another hard surface to avoid as chewing on it could potentially cause damage to the wires on your teeth. When eating meat on the bone, remember to remove the meat off of the bone and dispose of the bone for safer consumption.

Can I Eat Raw Vegetables with Braces?

This is not an excuse to throw away the veggies. One may find it extremely confusing to think that vegetables can be dangerous to a demographic of people, but yes, raw vegetables are dangerous to the teeth of people who wear metal aligners. This is essentially because of the hard texture of raw vegetables; it can be damaging to the wire on one’s teeth. To make these vegetables safer, consider boiling or baking them first to make them a little softer.

Can I Eat Hard Cookies with Braces?

You may not be surprised by this entry considering that most foods with such a high sugar content prove to be dangerous for people who were metal teeth aligners. However, cookies are actually safe to eat, as long as they are not hard. Soften your cookies by dipping them in milk. Not only are you making better decisions for your dental health this way, you are also indulging in a classic treat!

Can I Eat Pizza Crust with Braces?

This may not be disappointing if you happen to be one of the many people who tend to discard the pizza crust after eating the pizza. Still the fact remains: pizza crust is one of the many things that can potentially damage metal teeth alignment devices. Pizza crust is very chewy, which can lead to bent wires and popped brackets.

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

Are there foods I can’t eat with braces?

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What Causes Abnormal Jaw Pains and How to Treat It?

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Several Health Problems Can Cause Jaw Joint Pain

When you have chronic or intermittent jaw pain, it can disrupt your life. Discomfort in the jaw can occur at any age, but it primarily affects adults after normal wear and tear has damaged one or both of the jaw’s joints. Adults often have additional health problems such as arthritis that can affect their facial joints, or they may have had injuries to the face and neck that are affecting the jaw’s joints. It is important to determine if the pain in the jaw is caused by an infection from a tooth or from impacted wisdom teeth. If you have an infection in a tooth, then treatment with antibiotics or a root canal can eliminate the pain felt in the jaw. Alternatively, if you have one or more impacted wisdom teeth, then it is possible to have these teeth removed, and your level of pain will dissipate within a few weeks.

What Is Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction?

In some cases, an orthodontist will diagnose you with temporomandibular joint dysfunction. This condition leads to pain in the jaw, and the pain can spread to nearby regions such as the neck or shoulders. There are several symptoms associated with temporomandibular joint dysfunction, including:

  • Migraines – especially in the morning
  • Earaches – caused by pressure from the swollen jaw joint
  • Sinus congestion – the inflammation from the jaw spreads into the face
  • Ringing in the ears – unusual sounds from nerve damage in the auditory canal
  • Clicking sounds – the jaw joints pop or crackle
  • Inability to open the mouth – the jaw’s joints stiffen
  • Muscle spasms – muscle contractions in the face, neck and shoulders

You may have one or more symptom from temporomandibular joint dysfunction, and the signs of the condition can change occasionally.

What Causes Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction?

Researchers are still trying to understand the various reasons for someone to have temporomandibular joint dysfunction, and it has several causes that include:

  • Genetics or abnormalities of the jawbone, teeth, and face
  • Injuries from whiplash in a vehicular accident or from playing sports
  • Poor body posture while sitting, walking, reclining or standing
  • Bruxism or teeth grinding
  • Sinus problems that lead to mouth breathing
  • Muscle tension from emotional stress
  • Chewing hard foods or objects

With medical images or an orthodontic examination, it is possible to understand if you clench or grind your teeth. An orthodontist will notice abnormal wear and tear on the biting surfaces of teeth, or you may have chipped the dental enamel.

An Examination At an Orthodontic Office Is Essential

In order to diagnose temporomandibular joint dysfunction, you need a complete examination to determine if you have other underlying conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or a sinus infection. By visiting an orthodontist, you can have X-rays of your teeth to determine if you have a bad bite. With computer software, it is possible for an orthodontist to see how the parts of your mouth function while you are talking, chewing or yawning. A misalignment of the teeth is one of the main causes of temporomandibular joint dysfunction, but fortunately, you can repair crooked teeth with clear plastic Invisalign aligners or by wearing some type of braces.

How To Cope With Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction

After learning that you have temporomandibular joint dysfunction, you can begin to use these techniques to reduce your discomfort:

  • Learn how to relax the facial and jaw muscles
  • Pain relievers or muscle relaxants
  • Meditation to reduce anxiety
  • Keeping your teeth from touching
  • Avoiding resting your chin on your hand
  • Eating soft foods or taking small bites of food
  • Night guard or splint devices to prevent bruxism
  • Ice packs or heat therapy
  • Sleeping in the proper position
  • Using a humidifier to prevent a dry mouth or sinuses
  • Preventing stress that causes teeth clenching
  • Losing weight
  • Don’t chew gum or hard candies

Orthodontic Treatment Can Correct a Bad Bite

If you have temporomandibular joint dysfunction, then the goal of orthodontic treatment is to correct your bad bite to relieve the pressure inside your mouth. Orthodontic treatment can last for several months to five years, depending on the severity of your malocclusions. Mild misalignments are repaired with clear plastic aligners that are removed from the mouth while you are eating food, drinking beverages or brushing your teeth. You would wear up to 30 different sets of Invisalign aligners that are made to shift your teeth gently into the correct positions.

Visit Our Orthodontic Facility In Ohio

However, when you have temporomandibular joint dysfunction, you probably have moderate to severe malocclusions that will require some type of braces. Today, it is possible to wear traditional metal brackets or wires, but there are also braces made with color-matching brackets and clear wires. When you don’t want anyone seeing your brackets and wires, you can have lingual devices that are placed on the backs of your teeth. In addition, you may need to have the roof of your mouth expanded with a metal palatal expander, or you might need to wear headgear to apply pressure to some of your teeth. Headgear is typically worn at night or when you are at home so that no one will know that you are using the device to straighten your teeth. If you live in North Royalton, Ohio, then you can visit Papandreas Orthodontics by calling us today at 440-582-8585 to schedule an appointment and learn more about straightening your teeth with Invisalign aligners or braces.

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The (Real) Effects of Sugar in Snacks

We all want to grab a snack whenever we are too lazy to cook or even when we have that persistent craving that just won’t go. Research has shown that three out of five people in the world are consumers of sugary snacks whether intentionally or even when they are not aware. Yes, it is possible to consume it without knowing.

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Tooth brushing Mistake No.9: “Not Letting the Toothbrush Dry

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Tooth brushing Mistake No.9: “Not Letting the Toothbrush Dry

Brushing your teeth is a great daily habit, but not letting your toothbrush dry is a bad habit to get into. Your toothbrush can become ineffective or even bad for your teeth when you don’t give it a chance to dry after you use it.

Problems with Wet Toothbrushes

Letting water sit on your toothbrush bristles can increase the risk of damaging them. Your bristles eventually become worn down with regular use, but leaving them wet might speed this up. A toothbrush with damaged bristles can’t clean your teeth effectively. This means you have a higher risk of developing tooth decay as plaque builds up on teeth surfaces. Keep in mind that when you or your children wear metal braces fitted by an orthodontist, this risk of plaque buildup from improper cleaning can be even higher.

Not allowing your toothbrush to dry also means that you’re creating a potential breeding ground for mold. Using a toothbrush with mold growing on it is unhygienic and harmful for your teeth. When you’re not giving your brush time to dry, you could also be leaving bits of food sitting on the bristles or between them. When you brush your teeth, you’re exposing them to this decaying matter and increasing your risk of bringing germs into your mouth.

Letting Your Toothbrush Dry

Storing your toothbrush properly allows it to dry completely. Leave it in an upright position in a cup or other holder that lets it air out. Make sure you rinse it off before each use to make sure no germs are on it. When you or your children have metal braces or Invisalign to straighten teeth, it’s even more important to ensure that you’re using a clean toothbrush at all times.

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/

Tooth brushing Mistake No.9: “Not Letting the Toothbrush Dry

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Be Safe in the Sun This Summer

Papandreas Orthoodntics N. Royalton OH Sun safetyNow that summertime is upon us, kids are spending more time outside, families are going to more outdoor outings and many are heading out on vacation. Join Papandreas Orthodontics and the EWG (Environmental Working Group) in their efforts, along with dermatologists and sunscreen companies to educate the public when it comes to the truth about sunscreens and sun safety.

Skin Cancer is on the Rise

Did you know that every year, more than two million Americans find out they have skin cancer? 2% are in their teen years! The rate of melanoma deadly skin cancer has tripled since the 1970s. The experts are not sure why and most consider the outbreak in new cases is due to widespread overexposure to sun, especially among adults who were repeatedly sunburned as a child. Several factors suggest that regular sun exposure may not be as harmful as intermittent and high intensity sunlight. Read more

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Are Your Children Eating Cereals Listed in the Hall of Shame?

The Environmental Working Group researchers recently ranked more than 1500 #cereals by their total #sugar content, total weight and compared the findings with guidelines issued by federal health agencies and other organizations. What is most disturbing is that they also re-evaluated the list of 84 popular cereals evaluated in 2011 for comparison. Results… not one on the 2011 “worst” list had lowered its sugar content over the last three years.

Children's Cereal - Sugar by the Pound

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Toothbrushing Mistake No. 4: “Brushing Too Often or Too Hard”

tooth brushingThough you may believe that you’ve got excellent brushing technique, you may in fact be treating your teeth and gums to a workout that they simply don’t deserve. While everyone wants pearly white teeth and healthy pink gums, allowing the toothbrush bristles to do the majority of the work is always the best course of action. Brushing with too much pressure can actually irritate the gums and cause previously healthy areas to become swollen. Seriously inflamed gums can make chewing painful, especially when salty, crunchy snacks are being enjoyed. Reputable orthodontists offer the following tips so that the worst problems can be avoided:

  • Recognize that thorough brushing is better than hard brushing
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush or switch to a quality electric toothbrush
  • Do not squash the bristles of the brush against the teeth
  • Speak with your orthodontist about brushing with braces

Preserving Enamel

By brushing twice each day and avoiding harsh strokes, you can also preserve your enamel, which is the hard outer layer of the teeth. The enamel keeps the teeth looking pearly white and also prevents the yellow dentin underneath from becoming exposed. If hard brushing has already worn away some of the enamel, your trusted orthodontist can likely fix the problem by adding bonding material to specific locations within the mouth.

Brush Twice Each Day

Brushing two times each day should be enough to remove the plaque, which is actually quite soft. If you’ve been in the habit of brushing three or even four times per day, you may be doing more harm than good. By limiting your brushing to once in the morning and once in the evening before you go to bed, you can remove nearly all of the plaque that has become bound to your teeth.

Help Others Smile

Dr. Samuel G. Papandreas is an excellent orthodontist in North Royalton and Brunswick, who provides a variety of specialized orthodontic treatments such as:

• Surgical orthodontics
Dentofacial orthodontics
Two-phase treatment
• Palatal expanders
Invisalign
• Braces

You can visit 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/

Toothbrushing Mistake No. 4: “Brushing Too Often or Too Hard”