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Curious About Laser-Assisted Orthodontics? | FAST FACTS 2020

Laser-assisted orthodontics. The first laser was used roughly fifty years ago. Currently, there numerous types of lasers available for the field of orthodontics. They are effective for hard and soft tissue applications. The specific use of the laser is determined by the wavelength and power of each laser. Orthodontists use lasers to avoid bleeding, for the non-invasive nature and to perform procedures faster. In many cases, lasers are pain-free. In this post, we’ll show you what lasers can do for your oral health. Let’s get cracking.

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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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Smiles Change as you age | 3 ways to Stay Ahead

Smiles change as you age. Getting older means going through changes. No part of your body is safe from this process, including your mouth and teeth. As you grow older, you will find that different factors impact your teeth and may influence how you look. Below are some of the ways that aging impacts your mouth. In this post, we’re going to take you through the basics of why and what to do about it. Let’s get stuck in.

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9 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Teeth | SUPER FAST FACTS 2020

They help us bite, chew and talk. And they’re even responsible for our smile. Where would we be without our teeth? But for as important as they are, you probably don’t even notice them unless there’s a problem. Here are some not-so-well-known facts about your “pearly whites” that you most likely didn’t know. Let’s get cracking. Read more

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Direct-to-Consumer Braces + DIY style (in 2020)

In the past, both children and adults visited the dentist and were referred to an orthodontist when straightening issues were involved. It was a simple process that covered all of your dental needs. Currently, there are Internet companies that advertise direct-to-consumer braces that will presumably straighten your teeth by skipping the orthodontist altogether. It’s time to take a close look at these products and what you need to know before choosing a straightening solution. In this post, we’ll show you why you need in-house expert care. Let’s get cracking.

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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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Will I Need Braces in 2020? (SUPER QUIZ)

At some point, most people wonder if there is something that could be done to correct their smile. After all, teeth are usually never quite perfectly straight. Yet, you may not be sure if your teeth are bad enough to need orthodontic treatment. While nothing can replace having an exam conducted by an expert orthodontist, you can use this quiz to help you figure out if you need to schedule an appointment. Just count how many questions you can say yes to. Then that you can find out your final results at the end.

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 Dental Sealants For Children (What – When – Why)

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. In this post, we’ll take you through this wonder product. let’s get cracking.

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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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Are Teeth or Jaws the Problem When Teeth are Crowded?

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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.

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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?