National Orthodontic Health Month

October is National Orthodontic Health month and we think it’s no coincidence – for Fredericksburg Orthodontics it’s a perfect time to remind our patients with braces to put some thought into the treats you enjoy this Halloween. We want our patients in braces to enjoy the holiday and not feel that they are missing out. They can choose among the many treats that are brace-friendly, avoiding ones that are hard, sticky, gummy or chewy. Brace-friendly ones include soft, nut free candies, soft candy bars, peppermint patties, and peanut butter cups. There are lots more that will keep your braces safe and still let you enjoy the holiday! Remember the beautiful smile that is in your future will be much sweeter than the momentary pleasure from candy that damages your braces or your teeth.
For everyone, a gentle reminder that sugar, when left on the teeth creates a perfect breeding ground for damage to your teeth and gums, including cavities! Brushing and flossing continues to be an important habit that is even more critical when your intake of sugary foods increases. For those in braces, this means brushing carefully around all the brackets and wires and concentrating on areas where the teeth meet the gums and where the braces attach to the teeth!

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Orthodontic Health month is also an opportunity for us to remind everyone of the positive impact orthodontic care can have. Regardless of your age, orthodontics can improve how you look and also have a positive impact on your health. If you have crowded teeth, having braces can improve your ability to keep everything clean, reduce periodontal problems and tooth wear. If you experience pain or discomfort from TMJ, orthodontics can offer long term relief. Orthodontics can also have a positive impact on your confidence; no more hiding your smile or feeling less than fabulous! There are many other benefits to orthodontic care and we’re happy to talk to you about the benefits you or your child can have from orthodontic care.halloween-1
 Fredericksburg Orthodontics has many treatment options including metal braces, clear braces, Invisalign and Invisalign Teen. Your complimentary consultation will give you an opportunity to see our office, meet our team, and find out all about your treatment options and our affordable treatment plans. Call our office to schedule your initial exam and consultation today!

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New Bruxism Detection Device

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Unconscious grinding, gnashing, or clenching of teeth at night (known as “bruxism”) can be severe enough that it damages tooth enamel and leads to jaw disorders (including malocclusion). This condition is often caused by stress and can lead to damaged teeth, headaches, insomnia, and a sore jaw. Before the orthodontist can begin treatment to correct a malocclusion (“bad bite”) caused by nightly tooth-grinding, it is necessary to bring bruxism under control with stress-reduction training and the use of a mouth guard. Recently, researchers at the University of Florida developed a mouth guard with sensors that detect bruxism, measure the force it exerts on the jaw, and identify the teeth that are most affected, information that orthodontists will find very useful.

Bruxism can develop at any age, and is often associated with stress, sleep disorders, an abnormal bite, or even missing teeth. It’s important to have regular dental checkups to detect damage in the early stages. To schedule a free orthodontic consultation please call FREDERICKSBURG ORTHODONTIC at 540-898-7211. Our office is located at 10618 Spotsylvania Ave. (Lee’s Hill Center on Rt. 1 South). Our hours are Monday through Friday with evening appointments available.

P.S. It is estimated that at least 20 percent of the U.S. population suffers from bruxism.

 

Working at Cross Purposes

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“Crossbite” is a malocclusion that occurs when the rows of teeth in the upper and lower dental arches essentially cross one another. It can be caused by inadequate jaw size, heredity, or mouth breathing (induced by large adenoids and tonsils), which results in an upper jaw that is too narrow to fit properly outside the bottom teeth. This narrowing of the upper jaw caused by mouth breathing results from the tongue dropping from its normal position at the roof of the mouth, where it would otherwise promote widening of the upper jaw. If left untreated, permanent adult teeth growing in the narrow upper jaw of a mouth-breathing child become squeezed inward and land inside the corresponding row of top teeth.

It’s difficult to maintain good oral hygiene with crooked and crowded teeth. Left untreated, these problems can lead to tooth decay, gum disease and even tooth loss. By addressing orthodontic problems early, some can be reduced in severity or even eliminated. To schedule a free orthodontic consultation, please call FREDERICKSBURG ORTHODONTICS at 540-898-7211. Our office is located at 10618 Spotsylvania Ave. (Lee’s Hill Center on Rt. 1 South). Our hours are Monday through Friday with even appointments available.

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Crossbites can involve front teeth, back teeth, one tooth, or all teeth.

Wired for Success

The “arch wires” that attach to the brackets on each tooth on a set of braces are so named because they extend along the arches created by the jaws. While traditional stainless steel arch wires exert more force on the teeth initially, the force dissipates relatively quickly. Newer nickel titanium wireswires keep the pressure on because this alloy has an extraordinary characteristic called “shape memory.” No matter how much the orthodontist bends the wire, it will spring back to its original shape. When cold, the wire is pliable enough to be threaded through brackets. Then, as the wire warms in the patient’s mouth, it resumes its original shape to exert a continuous, gentle force.

Please call FREDERICKSBURG ORTHODONTICS at 540-898-7211 to schedule a free orthodontic consultation. Our practice is committed to using only the most advanced and proven orthodontic treatments, materials, and appliances so you can rest assured that your family’s care is always in the best possible hands. We are located at 10618 Spotsylvania Ave. (Lee’s Hill Center on Rt. 1 South). Office hours are Monday through Friday with evening appointments available.

 

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While arch wires that are round in cross-section may be used at the beginning of treatment because they are relatively forgiving and elastic, those that are rectangular or square in cross-section will likely be used later as teeth approach desired alignment.

Upfront Advice

elaiTreatment of prominent front teeth (commonly referred to as “buck teeth”) is undertaken to improve a child’s appearance and self-esteem as much as it is to improve his or her bite. While single-stage treatment during adolescence is often preferred, there is an argument to make for earlier treatment. Research shows that two-stage treatment (beginning at about age seven and continued later in early adolescence) greatly reduces the likelihood that protruding front teeth will either be knocked out or damaged in an accident. Because buck teeth are also commonly associated with mouth-breathing and speech problems that can invite unkind remarks from peers, earlier treatment is also often recommended as a means of averting emotional and social problems.

Based on diagnostic tools that include a full medical and dental health history, a clinical exam, plaster models of your teeth and special x-rays and photographs, an orthodontist can decided whether orthodontics are recommended, and develop a treatment plan that’s right for you. To schedule a free orthodontic consultation, please call Fredericksburg Orthodontics at 540-898-7211. We are located at 10618 Spotsylvania Ave. (Lee’s Hill Center on Rt. 1 South). Our hours are Monday through Friday. Evening appointments are available.

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In many cases, a comprehensive orthodontic evaluation reveals that buck teeth are caused by a lower jaw that is too “retruded,” in which case early treatment is needed to correct jaw abnormalities.

Adult Orthodontics

Faced with crooked/crowded teeth and/or bite problems that detract from their appearance and increase the potential for gum disease and possible tooth loss, more American adults are choosing to undergo orthodontic treatment . The number of U.S. adults wearing orthodontic appliances currently stands at about 1.2 million, or 20 percent of the 5.9 Tom_Cruise_braces2million orthodontic patients nationwide, according to the American Association of Orthodontists. This number compares with 875,000 adult patients in 1989. Just as American adult patients have increasingly embraced plastic surgery in recent years, more grown-ups are coming to see orthodontic treatment as an investment in themselves and their health. It is never too late to correct tooth and bite problems that diminish quality of life and happiness.

Please call (540)898-7211 to schedule a free orthodontic consultation. We recognize that every patient has different needs, and we pride ourselves on the courteous service we give each person who walks through our doors. Our priority is to provide you with the highest quality orthodontic care in a friendly, comfortable environment. Fredericksburg Orthodontics is located at 10618 Spotsylvania Ave. (Lee’s Hill Center on Rt. 1 South). Office hours are Monday through Friday with evening appointments available.

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One of the biggest factors in determining the long-term success of orthodontic treatment is the commitment to wear a post-treatment retainer that holds teeth in their corrected positions.

Relieving Tooth Grinding

Tooth grinding, known as “bruxism,” is not only an annoyance to fellow sleepers, but it can also be a real problem for those who grind their back teeth together at night. As a result of sliding their teeth over one another (generally in a sideways, back-and-forth movement), bruxers can cause tooth wear and fractures. If a malocclusion (bite misalignment) is at the root of the problem, orthodontic treatment may help by aligning the teeth and placing them in their correct positions. Doing so allows the teeth to come in contact with each other in a way that directs biting forces down the long axis of the teeth and distributes them to surrounding tissues. Stress reduction may also help.bruxism-treatment

Most people have some degree of bruxism. Some people only grind their teeth a little and show few symptoms, but for those who grind frequently and over a period of many years, the effects on teeth and the surrounding bone and gum structure can be severe. To schedule a free orthodontic consultation, please call Fredericksburg Orthodontics at (540) 898-7211. The office is located at 10618 Spotsylvania Ave. (Lee’s Hill Center on Rt. 1 South). Office hours are Monday through Friday with evening appointments available.

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If a patient has a severe grinding or clenching habit, a mouthpiece splint can be introduced to break the habit.