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Discover the different kinds of orthodontic treatments in Macon, GA.
There are many factors that go into deciding just which kind of braces will give you the smile you’ve always dreamed of. Of course, our Macon, GA, dentists Dr. Clinton Watson and Dr. Nicole Jackson understand just how important this decision is for you and that certain factors such as length of treatment, appearance and even cost can play a role in which kind of braces you, your child or your teen ends up getting.
Luckily, we live in a technologically advanced world where orthodontic treatment is always being updated, revamped and improved. This means that we are now able to offer a variety of ways to straighten smiles and boost your confidence based on your needs and goals. During your consultation, we will examine your smile and discuss your treatment goals to see what issues you wish to fix with braces. From there, we can help you go through the different treatment options to choose the right one for you.
The most common types of braces include:
Even after all these years, metal braces are still the most commonly used type of braces. This is because they are ideal for handling more severe or complicated tooth or jaw movements to improve your bite. How they work is simple: Small metal brackets are bonded to the front of your teeth and often secured with rubber bands. The brackets are all connected through a wire that helps to apply the proper amount of pressure to move teeth into their ideal position. This is a great option for both children and adults and it’s often the least expensive option.
If your dental issues require you to get traditional braces but you’re looking for a more discreet option then you may want to ask our Macon, GA, family dentists about ceramic braces. While this type of braces looks and functions just like metal braces, the difference is that the brackets are clear, so they are less noticeable when bonded to the front of your teeth.
With this orthodontic treatment, we shift from using brackets and wires to using clear, plastic aligners, which cover over your teeth and help to gradually shift teeth into the proper place. Each tray is worn daily for around 22 hours, but can be removed for eating, drinking, brushing and flossing. Aligners are great for handling simpler tooth movements and issues such as gaps between teeth and crowding. This orthodontic treatment is designed for older teens and adults.
As you can see, orthodontic treatment has come a long way from your childhood. Now child, teens and adults can finally get the smiles they want with braces that fit into their lifestyles. If you are interested in scheduling an orthodontic consultation then call Northside Family Dentistry in Macon, GA, today.
Mayim Bialik has spent a good part of her life in front of TV cameras: first as the child star of the hit comedy series Blossom, and more recently as Sheldon Cooper’s love interest — a nerdy neuroscientist — on The Big Bang Theory. (In between, she actually earned a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA…but that’s another story.) As a child, Bialik had a serious overbite — but with all her time on camera, braces were just not an option.
“I never had braces,” she recently told Dear Doctor – Dentistry & Oral Health magazine. “I was on TV at the time, and there weren’t a lot of creative solutions for kids who were on TV.” Instead, her orthodontist managed to straighten her teeth using retainers and headgear worn only at night.
Today, there are several virtually invisible options available to fix orthodontic issues — and you don’t have to be a child star to take advantage of them. In fact, both children and adults can benefit from these unobtrusive appliances.
Tooth colored braces are just like traditional metal braces, with one big difference: The brackets attached to teeth are made from a ceramic material that blends in with the natural color of teeth. All that’s visible is the thin archwire that runs horizontally across the teeth — and from a distance it’s hard to notice. Celebs like Tom Cruise and Faith Hill opted for this type of appliance.
Clear aligners are custom-made plastic trays that fit over the teeth. Each one, worn for about two weeks, moves the teeth just a bit; after several months, you’ll see a big change for the better in your smile. Best of all, clear aligners are virtually impossible to notice while you’re wearing them — which you’ll need to do for 22 hours each day. But you can remove them to eat, or for special occasions. Zac Efron and Katherine Heigl, among others, chose to wear clear aligners.
Lingual braces really are invisible. That’s because they go behind your teeth (on the tongue side), where they can’t be seen; otherwise they are similar to traditional metal braces. Lingual braces are placed on teeth differently, and wearing them often takes some getting used to at first. But those trade-offs are worth it for plenty of people. Which celebs wore lingual braces? Rumor has it that the list includes some top models, a well-known pop singer, and at least one British royal.
So what’s the best way to straighten your teeth and keep the orthodontic appliances unnoticeable? Just ask us! We’d be happy to help you choose the option that’s just right for you. You’ll get an individualized evaluation, a solution that fits your lifestyle — and a great-looking smile!
For more information about hard-to-see (or truly invisible) orthodontics, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Orthodontics for the Older Adult” and “Clear Aligners for Teenagers.”
Find out if it’s time you turned to braces to fix your misaligned smile.
Do you hate that gap between your front teeth? Are you wondering if your child will grow out of having a misaligned smile? Are you an adult who thinks that it may be too late to get a straighter smile? If so, our Macon, GA, family dentists, Dr. Nicole Jackson and Dr. Clinton Watson, are here to tell you who might benefit from getting braces and when to visit us for an orthodontic consultation.
What can orthodontic treatment do for your smile?
If you are looking at your smile in the mirror and wondering if our Macon dentist could fix alignment issues then this is the perfect time to schedule a visit with us to find out how braces could help. Those with alignment issues may find that they deal with speech problems, difficulties chewing or biting, or they feel self-conscious about the look of crooked or protruding teeth. If this is the case, then orthodontic treatment could be the best option for you.
Of course, not all problems are as obvious, so you may not even realize that getting orthodontic treatment in Macon could actually improve your oral health. Bad habits like teeth grinding can often be the result of alignment problems. If you also notice that your jaws making a popping or grinding sound this could be a sign that your jaws aren’t properly aligned. This is yet another issue that orthodontic treatment can fix.
When should children seek out an orthodontic consultation?
You often hear that the sooner you seek an evaluation for braces the better. A good time to bring your child in is around 10 years old. This is about the time that all their permanent teeth have come in, so we can more accurately evaluate what their smile will look like in the long-term and whether braces are necessary. We will also be able to tell if there is enough room for their teeth to come in or whether they may end up needing to have one or two teeth extracted prior to getting braces.
However, if you waited until adulthood to consider braces, don’t worry; you can absolutely still seek out an orthodontic consultation at any time. You are never too old to get braces. With wonderful discreet options like Invisalign, more and more teens and adults are getting the straighter smiles they want with easy and simple orthodontic treatments. You could be one of them.
Northside Family Dentistry in Macon, GA, is ready to help you get the smile you’ve always wanted with a little help from braces. Call us today and let us know that you want to talk about your orthodontic options.
Have you started orthodontic treatment recently? Are you having a little trouble getting used to your braces? If so, you are not alone: Everybody goes through an adjustment period during which they momentarily wonder if they’ll really ever get used to this. Don’t worry — you will! And we’ve never heard anyone say, on the day their braces come off and their new smile is revealed, that they aren’t glad they went the distance. Just ask Houston Rockets all-star center Dwight Howard, who discussed his own orthodontic treatment in a recent interview.
“I’m sure I was no different than anyone else who has ever had braces,” he told Mediaplanet. “At first I hated them so much… That changed once I got used to them and I actually grew to love them.” What’s Howard’s advice? “Do exactly what your orthodontist says and know that the outcome is well worth it in the end.” We couldn’t agree more! Here are some tips for wearing braces comfortably:
- Hard & Chewy Foods: If you love fresh fruits and vegetables, that’s great; there’s no reason to give them up, just the really hard ones. You don’t want to bite into an apple or carrot or any other hard foods like bagels and pizza that have any “size” to them. Small pieces may be ok as long as they can’t bend your wires. Chewy, sticky candy should really be avoided completely. Same with soda, sports drinks and so-called energy drinks because they contain acids that promote tooth decay and can cause a lot of damage around the braces.
- Effective Oral Hygiene: Keeping your teeth clean is more important than ever, but also more challenging than ever. It’s easy for food to get stuck under wires and around brackets, but failing to remove it can cause tooth decay, gum irritation and soreness. Therefore, the cleaner your teeth and your braces are, the healthier you will be. Use interdental cleaning brushes and/or a floss-threader to get behind your wires. A mouthrinse can also help strengthen teeth and keep bacteria in check. If you have any questions about how to clean between your teeth, please ask for a demonstration at your next visit.
- Pain Relief: Some soreness at the beginning of orthodontic treatment is normal. To relieve it, you can use an over-the-counter pain reliever and/or a warm washcloth or heating pad placed on the outside of the jaw. If brackets or wires are rubbing against the inside of your cheeks or lips, try applying wax to these areas of your braces. If this does not offer enough relief, we may be able to trim the end of a poking wire. Call us if you need help with this.
Our goal is to make your orthodontic treatment as comfortable as possible on the way to achieving your all-star smile. If you have questions about adjusting to braces, contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Caring for Teeth During Orthodontic Treatment.”
Fans of the primetime TV show The Middle were delighted to see that high school senior Sue, played by Eden Sher, finally got her braces off at the start of Season 6. But since this popular sitcom wouldn’t be complete without some slapstick comedy, this happy event is not without its trials and tribulations: The episode ends with Sue’s whole family diving into a dumpster in search of the teen’s lost retainer. Sue finds it in the garbage and immediately pops it in her mouth. But wait — it doesn’t fit, it’s not even hers!
If you think this scenario is far-fetched, guess again. OK, maybe the part about Sue not washing the retainer upon reclaiming it was just a gag (literally and figuratively), but lost retainers are all too common. Unfortunately, they’re also expensive to replace — so they need to be handled with care. What’s the best way to do that? Retainers should be brushed daily with a soft toothbrush and liquid soap (dish soap works well), and then placed immediately back in your mouth or into the case that came with the retainer. When you are eating a meal at a restaurant, do not wrap your retainer in a napkin and leave it on the table — this is a great way to lose it! Instead, take the case with you, and keep the retainer in it while you’re eating. When you get home, brush your teeth and then put the retainer back in your mouth.
If you do lose your retainer though, let us know right away. Retention is the last step of your orthodontic treatment, and it’s extremely important. You’ve worked hard to get a beautiful smile, and no one wants to see that effort wasted. Yet if you neglect to wear your retainer as instructed, your teeth are likely to shift out of position. Why does this happen?
As you’ve seen firsthand, teeth aren’t rigidly fixed in the jaw — they can be moved in response to light and continuous force. That’s what orthodontic appliances do: apply the right amount of force in a carefully controlled manner. But there are other forces at work on your teeth that can move them in less predictable ways. For example, normal biting and chewing can, over time, cause your teeth to shift position. To get teeth to stay where they’ve been moved orthodontically, new bone needs to form around them and anchor them where they are. That will happen over time, but only if they are held in place with a retainer. That’s why it is so important to wear yours as directed — and notify us immediately if it gets lost.
And if ever you do have to dig your retainer out of a dumpster… be sure to wash it before putting in in your mouth!
If you would like more information on retainers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Importance of Orthodontic Retainers” and “Why Orthodontic Retainers?”