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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?

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Three Reasons Your Orthodontic Braces Are Still On

Many people get excited about having orthodontic braces because it means that they are soon going to have a straight and beautiful smile. However, when the date for removing the braces passes, there is a reason to be cautious. The following are some of the main reasons why your orthodontic braces are still on:

The Treatment Plan

Your orthodontist will examine your jaw and teeth to make an accurate diagnosis and come up with an effective treatment plan. Depending on your orthodontist’s treatment plan, your brace removal might take a longer period to get the desired results. Your treatment plan could also be lengthened because of:

• Problems that your orthodontist encountered when examining you
• Problems that came up and had to be rectified after your treatment plan was determined
• A change in your treatment plan
• Orthodontist appointments that were made far apart because of rescheduling conflicts

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Your Commitment to the Treatment Plan

You have control over your treatment plan and have a certain amount of influence on how long your braces remain on. For instance, if your wisdom teeth have not emerged or you have a set of wisdom teeth growing, failing to remove them in time will cause your teeth to be moved about. This will delay your treatment and keep your braces on for a long time.

Visiting your orthodontist on a regular basis will help you avoid any complications with your treatment plan. You should make sure you do not miss appointments. The following are some of the things that you should do to ensure your treatment plan is still on schedule:

• Adhere to appointment dates
• Reschedule appointments while your orthodontist has an appointment time that is near your last appointment
• Arrive on time for your appointments to give your orthodontist sufficient time to attend to you
• Complete all the required procedures like restorations or extractions in time to prevent complications
• Stick to your orthodontist’s guidelines on the use of aligners, rubber bands and oral hygiene.

Your Body’s Response to Treatment

Your body’s response to the treatment will influence the amount of time you have your braces on. Your orthodontist cannot be able to accurately anticipate how you will react to treatment. The only thing your orthodontist can approximate is the duration of your treatment based on the time it takes most patients to react to the same form of treatment.

For example, TMJ problems that arise due to arthritis can slow down orthodontic treatment. Other conditions such as ankylosis usually prevent some of your teeth from moving and may be the reason to prolong your treatment.

There are both factors that can be controlled and those that cannot be controlled when you are going through orthodontic treatment. The best you can do to reduce the time you have your braces on is to consult an experienced orthodontist with state-of-the-art orthodontic appliances and modern treatment methods. You should also stick to the treatment plan to ensure you do not wear your braces longer than required. To remain updated with your treatment plan, schedule an appointment with Dr. Sam Papandreas in the North Royalton, Brunswick, Medina or Strongsville areas.

Papandreas Orthodontics
14200 Ridge Rd
North Royalton, OH 44133
Tel: 440-582-8585
Fax: 440-582-8311
http://www.drpapandreas.com/

Three Reasons Your Orthodontic Braces Are Still On

Smile Quote

“Smile at strangers and you just might change a life.” – Steve Maraboli

Smile Quote Steve Maraboli
If your child has crooked, misaligned or crowded teeth, getting him or her fitted for braces is probably the best option to correct his or her teeth. Braces improve your child’s oral health and they give him or her the confidence to smile at strangers, friends, and family without hesitation.

Here is some information about braces:

Types of Braces

Traditional Braces

The braces are made with wires, attached to the teeth, and adjusted by the orthodontist as the teeth move into their correct positions. Read more

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

Are Your Teeth Sensitive to Hot or Cold? Find Out Why…

Layers of TeethHave you ever experienced sensitivity in your teeth when drinking hot coffee or eating ice cream? How about when brushing your teeth? Ever wonder why this happens? Most of the time it is due to enamel wear of teeth. When this happens, the dentin (sensitive part of the tooth) is exposed and left vulnerable to all kinds of painful experiences, depending upon how severe.

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The Skinny on Orthodontics

Fun Facts about OrthodonticsPapandreas Orthodontics would like to share with you a few fun facts offered by the American Association of Orthodontists ( AAO ) we think will be of interest.
• The first mechanical treatment for correcting malaligned teeth was suggested by Gaius Plinius Secundus (A.D 23-79).

• Famous orthodontic patients include: Tom Cruise, Kathryn Heigle, Hale Irwin, Cher, Diana Ross, Phyllis Diller, Chelsea Clinton, Whoopi Goldberg, Daisy Fuentes, Fay Dunaway, and Brandi.

• There are nearly 4 million people in orthodontic treatment throughout the United States. One in 5 orthodontic patients are adults. Read more

Mouth Guards Should be Mandatory for Sports…Protect Your Teeth

Sports InjuryYou may not realize it but mouth guards are worth their weight in gold. If you think about it, the use of mouth-guards and the reasons for using them isn’t that far removed from orthodontic technology and the principals at Papandreas Orthodontics we employ to create a beautiful and healthy smile for our patients! Read more

Orthodontic Warning Signs

American Association of Orthodontics logoThe American Association of Orthodontists recommends that parents understand the early warning signs of an orthodontics problem and recommends kids be evaluated by an orthodontist by age 7 – 8. Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and a greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Well timed intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, an orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.

There are many different types malocclusions or bite problems that require orthodontic treatment at Papandreas Orthodontics. Below is a list of the most common orthodontic problems seen today in children, teens and adults.

Contact our office to schedule a consultation to determine how we can help you with your orthodontic needs. It is not necessary to have a referral from you general dentist to take advantage of this complimentary service we provide to all our patients. Read more

Sports Drinks – Can They Damage Your Teeth?

 

Sports Drinks Damage Tooth EnamelLollipops are a cavity on a stick and soda is pure sugar in a can. Candy and soda cause your teeth to decay. You’ve been taught this since grade school. This is not news, is it? Well, what about the fact that sports drinks ruin your teeth, too? Heard that one before?

The team at Papandreas Orthodontics want to make sure you understand sports drinks can damage healthy teeth. Actually, “erode” is more like the term, especially around the brackets while wearing braces. These sort of drinks erode your teeth by “demineralization,” or reducing the minerals in the outer tooth enamel and also the dentin (“dentin” is a yellowish, calcified tissue underneath the tooth enamel). It doesn’t affect the enamel underneath the braces covered by the brackets. Read more

Do Parents Worry if Their Child’s Baby Teeth Aren’t Falling Out?

Losing Baby TeethWhen parents visit Papandreas Orthodontics, it is not uncommon for parents to worry if their child’s baby teeth do not fall out on time. Infants rollover, sit, walk, and talk at different stages of their development. The same is true when your child is losing baby teeth. There are some developmental issues which require professional attention, but in general, what should parents expect when their kids start losing baby teeth? Read more