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By Northside Family Dentistry
September 17, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces  

BracesDo your child's crooked, gapped or crowded teeth lead you to believe that he or she will likely need braces in the near future? If so, the right time to visit your dentist at Northside Family Dentistry in Macon, GA may be sooner than you think. Dentists such as Clinton M. Watson, D.D.S, M.B.A and Nicole L. Jackson, D.D.S are seeing children for braces consultations earlier and earlier these days, and you won't want to make your child wait for treatment longer than you should.

Initial Consultation

Many parents are surprised to learn that the American Association for Orthodontics recommends that all children visit their dentist for a braces consultation by the age of seven, even if the child is not showing signs that braces are necessary.

While some cases are obvious, others are more subtle, and only your child's dentist can let you know for sure if braces will be needed. The sooner your child is assessed, the sooner both you and your child's dentist can begin discussing the treatment plan that will be right for your family.

Getting Braces for the First Time

Just because your child visits a Macon, GA dentist by age seven doesn't mean that he or she will start treatment that young, though it is a possibility. Instead, you will need to discuss your child's unique case with either Dr. Watson or Dr. Jackson at Northside Family Dentistry to find out when the best time to begin treatment will be.

Depending on the severity of the case, your doctor's preferences and your family's preferences, treatment may begin anytime between age seven and the teen years. Generally, most children begin treatment around the time most of their baby teeth have fallen out and their permanent teeth have come in.

Whether your child's teeth are obviously in need to treatment or you'd just like to learn more so you can prepare in advance, bringing your child in to see a dentist at Northside Family Dentistry in Macon, GA is the best way to find out more about what to expect. If your child is seven or will be soon, call and schedule an appointment today.

By The Place Where Smiles Are Made
July 08, 2015
Category: Dental Appliances
Tags: braces  

Caring For Your Braces Proper oral hygiene is always essential for good oral health, but never is it as important--or as difficult--as when you have braces. Orthodontics may make your smile healthier in the long run, but they sure can make maintaining a healthy smile more difficult for Macon residents in the short term! Thankfully, good oral health is still possible. Here are three tips the dentists at Northside Family Dentistry Drs. Clinton M. Watson and Nicole Jackson, frequently recommend.

1. Brush Your Teeth After Every Meal and Snack

Braces provide plenty of places for food particles and bacteria to hide. If you aren't careful, this bacteria can quickly multiply, leaving permanent white spots on your teeth. Keep your teeth fresh and clean by brushing after every time you eat or snack.

2. Avoid Hard, Crunchy and Sticky Foods

Unfortunately, wearing orthodontics from Northside Family Dentistry in Macon often means giving up some of your favorite foods. Avoid hard or crunchy foods like peanuts, popcorn, chips and ice, as they can break your wires. Avoid sticky and chewy foods like gum, bagels and candy, as these can get stuck in between and on your teeth, where they can cause cavities and discoloration.

3. Use Special Floss

It's no secret that flossing with braces can be a bit of challenge. Thankfully, there are several products on the market designed to make this process easier. Instead of flossing with regular dental floss, pick up a floss threader, super floss or water floss. Each of these is specifically designed to help you clean out the small spaces in between your teeth.

Don't spend a year or two in braces, hoping to improve your smile, only to end up ruining your oral hygiene in the process. Use these three tips from Northside Family Dentistry in Macon to make your orthodontics experience as simple and beneficial as possible.

By Northside Family Dentistry
April 23, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
BillRancicsSmileHelpsClosetheDeal

Can having a great smile help land you a high-level business position, a TV show, and a bride? Maybe — at least if you go by the example of Bill Rancic.

The 42-year-old Chicago native is well known as the first winner of NBC-TV's The Apprentice, a reality show where contestants vied for a job with Donald Trump's organization. Shortly after his selection as Trump's newest hire, Rancic met his future wife, Giuliana, when she interviewed him for E! News. Flash forward a few years, and the couple is now hosting their own reality TV show on Style network.

So how much has Bill's winning smile helped?

“I think a great smile says a lot about a person — especially in our professions,” Bill recently said in an interview with Dear Doctor magazine. He also mentioned that having a few cosmetic dental treatments helped him close the deal.

As a child, Bill wore braces to correct an overbite. For both kids and adults, orthodontic treatment is often the first step toward getting the smile of your dreams. The practice of orthodontics has changed dramatically in the past 20 years and there are now a number of choices available in lieu of traditional metal braces.

Not Your Father's Braces
For those who need to maintain a “professional” image, tooth-colored braces offer a less noticeable way to straighten your teeth. Lingual braces are another option that's suitable in some situations. These are truly invisible: bonded on the tongue side of the teeth, they can't be seen from the front.

Or, you may be able to forego braces altogether and use a series of clear plastic aligners to gradually bring your teeth into alignment. Not only are these difficult to notice, but they can be completely removed for short periods of time — at important board meetings, for example.

Red-Carpet Tooth Whitening
More recently, Rancic had tooth whitening treatments. Depending on the degree of lightening needed, these can range from custom-fitted bleaching trays that you wear at home under the supervision of a dentist, to in-office whitening treatments that work in far less time. Both can be effective in lightening your teeth by six shades or more.

But if you need the ultimate in whitening, veneers may be the best option. These are fingernail-thin coatings, made of pearly-white porcelain or composite material, that are placed directly on the tooth surfaces. Realistic and durable, they can provide a “Hollywood white” smile that's ready for the red carpet.

Did Bill's cosmetic dental work really improve his life? We can't say for sure — but as his wife Giuliana recently told Dear Doctor, “First impressions are very important, and having a beautiful smile will help anyone make a great impact on others.” So perhaps it worked on her!

If you would like more information on how cosmetic dental treatments can improve your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Magic of Orthodontics” and “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered.”

By Northside Family Dentistry
May 02, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   braces  
BracesARiteofPassageEvenforHollywoodKids

Her parents Will and Jada are Hollywood royalty, who helped her land her first acting role when she was 7. She released a hit single, “Whip My Hair,” before she had quite reached the age of 10; shortly afterward, she was signed to a record label. Yet the young singer and actress Willow Smith has at least one thing in common with plenty of ‘tweens and teens across America: She needed to wear braces to correct problems with the alignment of her teeth.

Why do braces seem to be a part of growing up for so many kids? One answer is because they work so well. Braces apply gentle pressure to the teeth through a thin, flexible wire called an archwire. Attached to the teeth with a metal or ceramic bracket, the archwire exerts a light force which causes teeth to gradually move into better positions. Sometimes, when additional force is needed, elastic bands or other appliances may be used in conjunction with braces.

Most everyone is familiar with the silvery metal “tracks” of traditional braces. But did you know that there are a number of other options too? For a more inconspicuous look, you may be able to have braces with tooth-colored ceramic brackets; then, only the thin archwire will be visible in your mouth. It’s even possible in some cases to place the metal wires and brackets on the tongue side of the teeth. With this system, called lingual braces, the orthodontic hardware is truly invisible.

What if you didn’t need metal braces at all? Some people can get good results using a system of clear plastic aligners instead of braces. The aligners are worn 23 hours a day, but can be taken off for cleaning and for important events. They work best for correcting mild or moderate alignment problems.

Still, plenty of people feel that if they’re going to wear braces, they might as well flaunt them. That’s why some types of braces are available with bands that come in different colors. When Willow’s brother Jayden wore braces, he was reported to favor red and black ones. Jayden, who is about two years older than his sister, had his braces removed just before Willow got hers put on.

So if it turns out that you need braces, remember that lots of your favorite celebrities wore them too. And keep in mind that, depending on your own situation, you may have several options to choose from.

If you would like more information about braces or orthodontic treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Magic of Orthodontics” and “Orthodontics for the Older Adult.”

By Northside Family Dentistry
November 08, 2012
Category: Oral Health
Tags: retainer   braces  
WithoutRetainersYourInvestmentinYourChildsTeethMayBeWasted

The much anticipated day has arrived: your child's braces have been removed. You are really happy with the way your son's or daughter's smile looks now. All the time, money, and discomfort of having teeth straightened have been well worth it.

But did you know that the teeth could relapse into their old positions if your child doesn't wear a retainer every night?

Why is wearing a retainer necessary?
It is important for both you and your child to understand the reason for wearing a retainer. It has to do with how orthodontia works in causing teeth to move to more satisfactory positions.

The reason that orthodontia (“ortho” – straight, “odont” – tooth) works is that the tissues holding teeth in place are living and keep remodeling themselves. Teeth are suspended in the jawbone by the periodontal ligament (“peri” – around, “odont” – tooth), which suspends the tooth by extending from the cementum of the tooth on one side into the bone on the other. Cementum is the thin layer of calcified tissue covering the dentin of the root. When light forces are placed on it, the periodontal ligament can reform itself and adapt to the pressures it is under.

Orthodontists know how to keep the pressures during orthodontic treatment light enough to cause movement that is slow and steady but not so strong that the tissues are damaged. If too much force is applied, the process can cause damage to the periodontal tissues and tooth roots.

When the teeth have moved to their desired positions, they will continue slowly moving. The purpose of a retainer is to stabilize the teeth in their “finished” position. They must be retained in this position long enough that the bone and ligament can completely re-form around them, a process that can take several months.

Make it clear to your child that a retainer won't have to be worn forever. Once your child understands that it is very important to wear the retainer for a few months in order to stabilize that attractive new smile, it should be easy to convince him or her to use it nightly.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment to discuss your questions about retainers. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Why Orthodontic Retainers?