Posts for: April, 2016
It is common knowledge that orthodontic treatment like braces can transform your smile and give you the pearly whites you’ve always wanted. However, did you know that braces do more than just straighten your smile? Find out more with help from your Merced and Mariposa, CA orthodontist, Dr. Richard Rowan.
What can braces treat?
The word orthodontic comes from the Greek words “orthos” (straight) and “odon” (tooth). However, braces from your Merced and Mariposa orthodontist treat more than just crooked teeth. They also treat conditions such as:
- open bite
- overcrowding (overlaps)
- under crowding (gaps)
Correcting bite issues is vital to the ability to chew and eat correctly. Improper bite also contributes to headaches and medical conditions such as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. Improper bite also leads to broken or cracked teeth, giving bacteria a direct route into your tooth.
The Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment
The most noticeable benefit to wearing braces is the outcome. However, braces also correct bite, allowing proper chewing, biting and even speaking. Looking great results in feeling great, meaning that your new smile will boost your self-esteem and give you heightened confidence. When teeth are too crowded, they create small areas which toothbrush bristles or floss simply cannot reach. This allows decay-causing bacteria to build up. Straightening the teeth eliminates these hard-to-clean areas, lowering the chance of tooth decay and gum disease by making the teeth easier to clean.
Alternatives to Traditional Braces
If the thought of metal in your mouth makes you hesitant to straighten your teeth or correct your bite, you may benefit from alternatives to traditional braces. Clear braces made from ceramic instead of metal use tooth-colored brackets and wires to move the teeth the same way as traditional metal braces. Lingual braces are traditional metal braces attached to the inside of the teeth, making them invisible from the outside of the mouth. Invisalign uses clear, removable aligner trays to correct alignment and bite issues.
If you are considering orthodontic treatment, your orthodontist can help you decide which option is best for you. For more information on straightening your teeth, please contact Dr. Richard Rowan in Merced and Mariposa, CA. Call (209) 384-3223 in Merced and (209) 966-4600 in Mariposa to schedule your consultation for braces or Invisalign today!
What Happens if I Have a Cavity with Braces? What you need to know about tooth decay and orthodontics.
You are worried because you need braces, but you know cavities have also been a problem. Should you get braces if you have a tendency to get cavities; and what do you do if you get a cavity while in braces? These are all good questions and your orthodontist, Dr. Richard Rowan in Merced and Mariposa, CA, wants you to know the answers.
When considering braces, it is always best to treat any decay in your mouth first, before beginning orthodontic treatment. This allows your Merced and Mariposa dentist full access to decayed areas without having to deal with brackets and wires getting in the way. It also best to make sure your oral hygiene is at its best, to keep from getting cavities in the first place. Your hygienist at Dr. Rowan’s office can give you tips and tools for great oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment. Once you establish good habits, they will be with you after the braces are removed too!
Dr. Rowan offers many orthodontic solutions for children and adults, including traditional braces which use metal wires and brackets. If you get a cavity while you are in traditional braces, your dentist may be able to get to the decayed area without removing the brackets and wires; if not, Dr. Rowan can temporarily remove the brackets and wires to allow your dentist to access the area. Once the decayed tooth is treated, Dr. Rowan can refit the brackets and wires to your teeth.
If you have a cavity-prone mouth, you may want to consider Invisalign, the virtually invisible, modern orthodontic treatment to gently move your teeth into place. Invisalign uses comfortable, clear plastic aligners which you can remove when you eat. They are the perfect choice for people with a tendency to get cavities because you can simply take them out when your dentist needs to work on your teeth. After you receive your filling, you just pop them back in again and continue your Invisalign treatment with Dr. Rowan.
If you have a tendency to get cavities, but still want straight teeth, don’t despair. You can still have straight teeth with the help of your orthodontist, Dr. Richard Rowan with offices in Merced and Mariposa, CA to serve your orthodontic needs. Come in for a consultation and find out about what you can do to straighten out your smile!