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Magician Michael Grandinetti mystifies and astonishes audiences with his sleight of hand and mastery of illusion. But when he initially steps onto the stage, it’s his smile that grabs the attention. “The first thing… that an audience notices is your smile; it’s what really connects you as a person to them,” Michael told an interviewer.
He attributes his audience-pleasing smile to several years of orthodontic treatment as a teenager to straighten misaligned teeth, plus a lifetime of good oral care. “I’m so thankful that I did it,” he said about wearing orthodontic braces. “It was so beneficial. And… looking at the path I’ve chosen, it was life-changing.”
Orthodontics — the dental subspecialty focused on treating malocclusions (literally “bad bites”) — can indeed make life-changing improvements. Properly positioned teeth are integral to the aesthetics of any smile, and a smile that’s pleasing to look at boosts confidence and self-esteem and makes a terrific first impression. Studies have even linked having an attractive smile with greater professional success.
There can also be functional benefits such as improved biting/chewing and speech, and reduced strain on jaw muscles and joints. Additionally, well-aligned teeth are easier to clean and less likely to trap food particles that can lead to decay.
The Science Behind the Magic
There are more options than ever for correcting bites, but all capitalize on the fact that teeth are suspended in individual jawbone sockets by elastic periodontal ligaments that enable them to move. Orthodontic appliances (commonly called braces or clear aligners) place light, controlled forces on teeth in a calculated fashion to move them into their new desired alignment.
The “gold standard” in orthodontic treatment remains the orthodontic band for posterior (back) teeth and the bonded bracket for front teeth. Thin, flexible wires threaded through the brackets create the light forces needed for repositioning. Traditionally the brackets have been made of metal, but for those concerned about the aesthetics, they can also be made out of a clear material. Lingual braces, which are bonded to the back of teeth instead of the front, are another less visible option. The most discrete appliance is the removable clear aligner, which consists of a progression of custom-made clear trays that reposition teeth incrementally.
How’s that for a disappearing act?!
If you would like more information about orthodontic treatment please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the subject by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Magic of Orthodontics.”
Find out if braces could improve not just the look of your smile but your oral health, as well.\
At around the age of seven, this is the perfect time to bring your child in to visit our Rochester Hills, MI, dentists Dr. Debra Hibbeln and Dr. Mark Kowal of Hibbeln and Kowal Dental to find out if braces could improve the health and appearance of their smiles. Of course, children aren’t the only ones that can benefit from what braces have to offer. If you are wondering whether braces could help you, here are some factors to consider to help you decide:
Problems Chewing, Speaking or Biting
If you notice pain or difficulty when eating or biting, this could be due to a misalignment of the teeth. As a result, an excessive amount of jaw pressure is being placed on certain teeth, which can lead to cracks, chips and other damage. To prevent this, our Rochester Hills, MI, general dentists will recommend orthodontic treatment to correct your bite and to redistribute chewing forces equally among your teeth.
From children to adults, so many people deal with dental crowding. Sometimes the jaws don’t grow large enough to accommodate all of your teeth. When this occurs, there isn’t enough space for all your teeth to come in, which means that they often overlap one another or come in a bit crooked. This can also make it more difficult to clean between teeth properly, which can increase your chances of developing cavities or gum disease. To prevent these other issues from happening and to improve the overall alignment of your smile, getting braces in Rochester Hills could help you.
Gaps Between Teeth
Sometimes the opposite occurs and there is too much space between teeth, leaving wide-open gaps in your smile. If you want to close these gaps to get a straighter smile then braces can easily help bring teeth closer together.
Other issues such as misaligned jaws, protruding teeth, open bites, crossbites, overbites and underbites can also be corrected through orthodontic treatment.
Are you ready to find out more about the orthodontic treatments we offer in Rochester Hills, MI? If so, then it’s time you turned to the dental experts at Hibbeln & Kowal Dental to discover what we can do for your smile. Call our office today!
Moving your teeth to a more functional and attractive alignment is a big undertaking. You can invest months — even years — and a lot of expense to correct a bad bite. But all that effort could be for nothing if your teeth return to their original positions.
The very aspect of dental physiology that makes orthodontics possible can work against you in reverse. Your teeth are not actually rigidly fixed in the bone: they're held in place by an elastic gum tissue known as the periodontal ligament. The ligament lies between the tooth and the bone and attaches to both with tiny fibers.
While this mechanism holds the teeth firmly in place, it also allows the teeth to move in response to changes in the mouth. As we age, for example, and the teeth wear, the ligament allows movement of the teeth to accommodate for the loss of tooth surface that might have been created by the wear.
When we employ braces we're changing the mouth environment by applying pressure to the teeth in a certain direction. The teeth move in response to this pressure. But when the pressure is no longer there after removing the braces or other orthodontic devices, the ligament mechanism may then respond with a kind of “muscle memory” to pull the teeth back to where they were before.
To prevent this, we need to help the teeth maintain their new position, at least until they've become firmly set. We do this with an oral appliance known as a retainer. Just as its name implies it helps the teeth “retain” their new position.
We require most patients to initially wear their retainer around the clock. After a while we can scale back to just a few hours a day, usually at nighttime. Younger patients may only need to wear a retainer for eighteen months or so. Adults, though, may need to wear one for much longer or in some cases permanently to maintain their new bite.
Although having to wear a retainer can be tedious at times, it's a crucial part of your orthodontic treatment. By wearing one you'll have a better chance of permanently keeping your new smile.
If you would like more information on caring for your teeth after braces, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Importance of Orthodontic Retainers.”
Think you're too old to have your teeth straightened? While we automatically pair “teenager” with “braces,” at least one in five orthodontic patients are adults. And there's many more that could benefit, as many as three-quarters of adults with a correctable bite problem.
But although orthodontics can be performed at any age, it's not a minor undertaking. It will require time, patience and expense. So, before you decide to undergo orthodontics, here are 3 simple questions to ask first.
Why? Like children and teenagers, adults can benefit cosmetically from correcting a poor bite. But there's another great reason besides a more attractive smile: misaligned teeth are more difficult to care for than normal teeth. Orthodontic treatment is an investment and potential cost-saver in your future dental health.
Why not? Even senior adults can successfully undergo treatment. But braces might be ill-advised if you have either poor oral or general health. Periodontal (gum) disease, for example, can cause bone loss, which makes it difficult to safely and successfully move teeth (and the effort could worsen current disease activity in the gums). Medical conditions like bleeding disorders, leukemia or uncontrollable diabetes could interfere as well. You'll need both a dental and medical examination beforehand.
How? We can use braces — or we might be able to use a newer, more popular option with adults called clear aligners. These are a series of computer-designed clear, plastic trays you wear in sequence until you finish the series. Each tray is slightly smaller than the previous tray, moving the teeth in much the same manner as braces. But unlike braces, you can remove aligners for cleaning or a rare special occasion — and they're much less noticeable than metal braces. Although in some cases braces may still be the best option, it's also possible clear aligners could be the option you've been looking for.
So, are you ready for a new smile and a more maintainable mouth? Visit us for the answers to your questions and see if braces (or clear aligners) can transform your life and health.
If you would like more information on orthodontic treatment for adults, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Orthodontics for the Older Adult.”
When you get metal braces at Hibbeln & Kowal Dental in Rochester Hills, MI., you will likely be wearing them for anywhere between six months to three years. It is important to take very good care of your teeth during the treatment period to ensure that they're healthy and strong when your braces finally come off. Learn a few important tips for how you can care for your smile when you're wearing braces.
Braces are the common solution when you have a crooked, crowded or gapped smile. They are composed of metal or ceramic brackets and wires that help adjust the positioning of your teeth over a period of time. Preteens are usually the best candidates for braces because their face, jaw and teeth are still developing, but adults can also benefit from this cosmetic treatment.
Concerns when Wearing Braces
When you have braces, there is an increased chance of food getting stuck in between the wires and brackets around your teeth. Leftover food particles can cause bad bacteria to develop that could cause tooth decay, gum disease or enamel erosion. Good at-home dental care is essential after your Rochester Hills, MI., dentist installs your braces.
Tips for Caring for Your Smile
It's your responsibility to ensure that your teeth stay healthy throughout your treatment. Here are a few simple tips for how to care for your smile when you're wearing braces:
- Brush after every meal.
- Use a Waterpik tool to clean hard to reach places.
- Use an Ortho-flosser to remove excess food from around your teeth after each meal.
- Gargle with a peroxide mouthwash to help eliminate bad bacteria.
- Avoid using whitening products while wearing braces.
See Your Dentist Regularly
When you're wearing braces, it is also crucial that you attend each scheduled monthly appointment for your dentist to check on them and the condition of your teeth. Call Hibbeln & Kowal Dental in Rochester Hills, MI., today at (248) 608-1300 to talk to a dentist about braces.