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By Downtown Parker Dental
August 29, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Orthodontic braces move teeth into more favorable positions. Brackets, wires and innovative clear aligners put strategic pressure on Bracesselected teeth, remolding underlying bone and correcting bite and spacing. At Downtown Parker Dental, Dr. Robert DiGiorgio offers orthodontic treatment to children and adults. Read about how its health benefits.
 

Treatment of millions

Literally millions of Americans--adults, teens and children--currently receive treatment with some type of orthodontic braces, says Harvard Health. Orthodontists and general dentists use clear aligners, palatal expanders, metal and ceramic braces, space maintainers and lingual braces to remold underlying jaw bone and re-position teeth to correct:

  • Malocclusion, or bite, problems
  • Poor jaw development
  • Improper tooth eruption
  • Gaps and crowding
  • Cosmetic smile problems

Generally, a better-functioning, well-aligned smile increases a person's self-confidence. And, research shows that people perceive individuals with beautiful smiles as smarter, more competent and very approachable, says the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

 

Health benefits of orthodontics

The average orthodontic treatment using traditional braces takes about two and a half years. Clear aligners, such as Invisalign, offer shorter treatment times of a year or even less. But, whatever system proves right for your individual needs, orthodontics from Downtown Parker Dental delivers health benefits you might not expect.

They include:

  • Better oral hygiene habits because braces require special maintenance techniques
  • Less tooth decay and gum disease because teeth are better aligned and easier to care for
  • Fewer headaches, earaches, and neck and shoulder pain
  • Easier and more efficient biting and chewing
  • Fewer digestive problems, such as acid reflux
  • Less teeth grinding and clenching (bruxism)
  • Fewer oral accidents (protruding front teeth often chip or cause lacerations to the mouth and lips)
  • Clearer speech
  • Balanced facial symmetry and better muscular dynamics
  • Less wear and tear on tooth enamel
  • Reduction or even elimination of TMJ/TMD (painful jaw joint dysfunction)
  • Preservation of healthy gum tissue and underlying bone in the jaw

 

Learn more about braces

The American Association of Orthodontists says children should have orthodontic evaluation by age seven. Earlier treatment is easier and faster. However, if a patient has good oral health, he or she likely can wear braces or aligners at any age to correct a wide range of smile alignment problems.

Dr. DiGiorgio and his staff will walk you through the evaluation process and arrive at a treatment plan suited to your oral health needs and your personal preferences. They'll show you how your smile will improve in appearance and function.

Call Downtown Parker Dental in Parker, CO, for more information on orthodontics and to arrange a one-on-one consultation with this highly skilled dental team. Phone (303) 699-6100.

By Downtown Parker Dental
June 13, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
LadyGagaWasntBornThisWay

Sometimes, looking at old pictures can really bring memories back to life. Just ask Stefani Germanotta—the pop diva better known as Lady Gaga. In one scene from the recent documentary Five Foot Two, as family members sort through headshots from her teen years, her father proclaims: "Here, this proves she had braces!"

"If I had kept that gap, then I would have even more problems with Madonna," Lady Gaga replies, referencing an ongoing feud between the two musical celebrities.

The photos of Gaga's teenage smile reveal that the singer of hits like "Born This Way" once had a noticeable gap (which dentists call a diastema) between her front teeth. This condition is common in children, but often becomes less conspicuous with age. It isn't necessarily a problem: Lots of well-known people have extra space in their smiles, including ex-football player and TV host Michael Strahan, actress Anna Paquin…and fellow pop superstar Madonna. It hasn't hurt any of their careers.

Yet others would prefer a smile without the gap. Fortunately, diastema in children is generally not difficult to fix. One of the easiest ways to do so is with traditional braces or clear aligners. These orthodontic appliances, usually worn for a period of months, can actually move the teeth into positions that look more pleasing in the smile and function better in the bite. For many people, orthodontic treatment is a part of their emergence from adolescence into adulthood.

Braces and aligners, along with other specialized orthodontic appliances, can also remedy many bite problems besides diastema. They can correct misaligned teeth and spacing irregularities, fix overbites and underbites, and take care of numerous other types of malocclusions (bite problems).

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that kids get screened for orthodontic problems at age 7. Even if an issue is found, most won't get treatment at this age—but in some instances, it's possible that early intervention can save a great deal of time, money and effort later. For example, while the jaw is still developing, its growth can be guided with special appliances that can make future orthodontic treatment go quicker and easier.

Yet orthodontics isn't just for children—adults can wear braces too! As long as teeth and gums are healthy, there's no upper age limit on orthodontic treatment. Instead of traditional silver braces, many adults choose tooth-colored braces or clear aligners to complement their more professional appearance.

So if your child is at the age where screening is recommended—or if you're unhappy with your own smile—ask us whether orthodontics could help. But if you get into a rivalry with Madonna…you're on your own.

If you have questions about orthodontic treatment, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Magic of Orthodontics” and “Orthodontics For The Older Adult.”

By Downtown Parker Dental
June 18, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
HowKathyBatesRetainsHerMovie-StarSmile

In her decades-long career, renowned actress Kathy Bates has won Golden Globes, Emmys, and many other honors. Bates began acting in her twenties, but didn't achieve national recognition until she won the best actress Oscar for Misery — when she was 42 years old! “I was told early on that because of my physique and my look, I'd probably blossom more in my middle age,” she recently told Dear Doctor magazine. “[That] has certainly been true.” So if there's one lesson we can take from her success, it might be that persistence pays off.

When it comes to her smile, Kathy also recognizes the value of persistence. Now 67, the veteran actress had orthodontic treatment in her 50's to straighten her teeth. Yet she is still conscientious about wearing her retainer. “I wear a retainer every night,” she said. “I got lazy about it once, and then it was very difficult to put the retainer back in. So I was aware that the teeth really do move.”

Indeed they do. In fact, the ability to move teeth is what makes orthodontic treatment work. By applying consistent and gentle forces, the teeth can be shifted into better positions in the smile. That's called the active stage of orthodontic treatment. Once that stage is over, another begins: the retention stage. The purpose of retention is to keep that straightened smile looking as good as it did when the braces came off. And that's where the retainer comes in.

There are several different kinds of retainers, but all have the same purpose: To hold the teeth in their new positions and keep them from shifting back to where they were. We sometimes say teeth have a “memory” — not literally, but in the sense that if left alone, teeth tend to migrate back to their former locations. And if you've worn orthodontic appliances, like braces or aligners, that means right back where you started before treatment.

By holding the teeth in place, retainers help stabilize them in their new positions. They allow new bone and ligaments to re-form and mature around them, and give the gums time to remodel themselves. This process can take months to years to be complete. But you may not need to wear a retainer all the time: Often, removable retainers are worn 24 hours a day at first; later they are worn only at night. We will let you know what's best in your individual situation.

So take a tip from Kathy Bates, star of the hit TV series American Horror Story, and wear your retainer as instructed. That's the best way to keep your straight new smile from changing back to the way it was — and to keep a bad dream from coming true.

If you would like more information about orthodontic retainers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Why Orthodontic Retainers?” and “The Importance of Orthodontic Retainers.” The interview with Kathy Bates appears in the latest issue of Dear Doctor.



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