Orthodontic treatment

Is It Safe to Undergo Orthodontic Treatments During Pregnancy?

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Pregnancy is a vulnerable time, and in light of the potential risks some women may feel hesitant to undergo orthodontic treatments during pregnancy. The fear of radiation exposure associated with medical imaging is particularly common, and it’s natural for mothers-to-be to worry that their babies might be adversely affected.
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My bottom and top teeth are not aligned. Can braces help align my jaws?

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Bottom and top teeth can go out of alignment for any number of reasons. This misalignment, which orthodontist specialists often term “malocclusion,” has actually been traced back to our earliest farming ancestors in 12,000 B.C., according to Science Daily! 

Today, an estimated 4.5 million people (children and adults) currently wear braces to correct some level of misalignment, as reported by The American Association of Orthodontists. As well, much more may benefit from braces to alleviate health and comfort issues from not aligned teeth. 
 In this article, learn how braces align jaws to help correct malocclusion.

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Anchorage Devices

All you Want to Know About Temporary Anchorage Devices

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LAST UPDATED: AUGUST 29, 2017

What are Temporary Anchoring Devices (TADs)?

A temporary anchoring device (TAD) is actually a tiny screw that one of Dr. Don Demas’ team, at his Connecticut office in Southington, will position in your mouth. Its role is to act as an anchor for the movement of specific teeth. Titanium alloy is used to make a TAD. He sometimes uses these TADs as a substitute for external appliances, such as headgear, and this allows him to treat bite problems that in earlier days were virtually impossible to do without surgery. The advent of TADs also means that in some cases treatment is better and faster.

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What is Positioning of the TAD

As with most minor surgical procedures, the environment has to be kept completely sterile. A solution of chlorhexidine is usually applied to the area before the TAD is put into place. Anaesthetic is then used which is only a third of that normally used for a filling. The TAD is removed from its sterile container and put into a driver, like a screwdriver, and then Dr. Demas will screw it in, using gentle pressure right through the gum and into the bone.

The positioning of the screw only takes around 20 seconds. With the additional 5 minutes for the local anesthetic spraying procedure and 2 minutes to put the spring in place, the majority of single TAD implantations can take place within a single orthodontic adjustment appointment.

A few patients may experience a mild sensitivity in the area for a day or two after the procedure but this is easily resolved with a mild anti-inflammatory drug.

Once the TAD is in place it will be necessary to keep it scrupulously clean by brushing it gently with an antibacterial solution. This will ensure there are no unnecessary complications with the TAD and it will be made much easier.

When will the TAD be removed?

Like virtually all orthodontic devices, the TAD is temporary and is normally removed once it has done its job of assisting with tooth movement. A numbing gel is applied and within a few seconds, the TAD has been gently removed.

What Are The benefits of TADs 

The use of TADS typically helps to lower treatment times, eliminates the necessity to wear elastic appliances or rubber bands and in certain situations can even make some oral surgery unnecessary. It also allows orthodontists to treat more complex cases which before the introduction of TADs might have been impossible. It is a remarkably small device but plays a very important role in tooth movement procedures.

Contact Team Demas Orthodontics

For strong teeth in Southington, contact Team Demas Orthodontics for an appointment with one of these orthodontists:

  • Donald C. Demas
  • Mark Clauss

With an examination through medical images of your face and mouth, our orthodontists can determine the best type of braces or aligners for your needs. Most noteworthy is the types of orthodontic treatments available at Team Demas Orthodontics include:

  • Invisible braces / Invisalign
  • Ceramic braces
  • Lingual braces
  • Metal braces

 Team Demas Orthodontics

27 Meriden Ave #2a, Southington, CT 06489, USA

Phone: 860-276-0333

All you Want to Know About Temporary Anchorage Devices

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14 Ways your Child Can Alleviate Discomfort with Braces

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Congratulations on your child getting their braces! However, exciting as this may be, it still holds a list of drawbacks, such as an inability to eat certain foods and mouth pain from the brackets and wires that were just installed. However, in the guide below, we will outline the top 14 ways you can alleviate your kid’s discomfort with their mouth gear and get them smiling again!  

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Braces and Root Resorption

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Braces work by forming little cramps that surround each tooth, which is sometimes called “Charlie’s Horses”. The enzymes that go into action together with orthodontic forces cause the old bone to disintegrate where the pressure is present and new bone to be formed where there is a void. These changes are quite normal and provide the basis for tooth movement through orthodontic procedures.  There is no doubt found that the movement of teeth results at least in minor alterations to the length and shape of the teeth’s roots in all patient undergoing braces treatment. Most of these changes, however, cannot be detected with the naked eye.

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Do Braces Make the Roots of Your Teeth Shorter?

In about 1-2% of patients, noticeable root shortening might take place when undergoing average orthodontic treatment. There is evidence to suggest that some patients are simply more genetically predisposed to root shortening or resorption, as it is also called. This evidence can be found by looking at the families’ dental records when orthodontic treatment has taken place. If you are thinking about having braces treatment you should advise Dr. Demas of your family history if he does not hold the necessary dental records.

Many teeth that are experiencing root resorption still function quite normally. Dr. Demas will evaluate each individual tooth and any movement of the tooth through the use of X-rays. A tooth can function for a considerable number of years or a lifetime despite root resorption. It really depends on the condition of the tooth. If a particular tooth has been designated to be part of a fixed bridge, then Dr. Demas, or a member of his team, will have to assess whether a tooth inflicted with root resorption is sufficiently strong enough to provide a bridge support.

Can Root Shortening be Prevented?

There is not a lot that can be done in a root shortening situation except to monitor the patient’s progress when wearing braces. Dr. Demas will suggest taking x-rays routinely on an annual basis while braces are in place. If the process of root shortening is starting to develop, this will be discussed with you and your family. The likely course of action will depend on the amount of root shortening that has taken place. Dr. Demas may suggest that the treatment be continued or the treatment time may be shortened or the braces should be removed immediately.


There is a general perception that a tooth has the capability to lose up to 50 percent of its root length without a problem occurring.  It is rare, in fact, for a tooth to be lost due to root shortening.

Contact Team Demas Orthodontics

For strong teeth in Southington, contact Team Demas Orthodontics for an appointment with one of these orthodontists:

  • Donald C. Demas
  • Mark Clauss

With an examination through medical images of your face and mouth, our orthodontists can determine the best type of braces or aligners for your needs. Most noteworthy is the types of orthodontic treatments available at Team Demas Orthodontics include:

  • Invisible braces / Invisalign
  • Ceramic braces
  • Lingual braces
  • Metal braces

 Team Demas Orthodontics

27 Meriden Ave #2a, Southington, CT 06489, USA

Phone: 860-276-0333

Braces and Root Resorption

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Overcrowding

How to Fix Minor Overcrowding Teeth without Braces or Invisalign

A nice smile has an impact on how people perceive you as well as how you perceive yourself. While braces seem to be almost a rite of passage for teens and even some adults, they are not necessarily required for all overcrowded teeth. You may not realize that fixing overcrowding teeth can be accomplished without braces.

Why Teeth Become Crowded

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There are several reasons why teeth can become overcrowded. As the teeth and jaw develop,teeth gradually move into their permanent position. This movement is normal, but certain habits can make it worse. Sucking the thumb, thrusting the tongue against the teeth or pulling the lower lip behind the upper teeth can all cause teeth to shift and become crowded. If your jaw is too small for the number or size of your teeth, they can become crowded and crooked because of lack of space. If a child’s baby teeth don’t fall out when they are supposed to, the permanent teeth coming in behind them could cause it to be crowded because there is insufficient space. Sometimes even removing the baby tooth doesn’t solve the problem. Even when there seems to be adequate space in the jaw, teeth that are crooked can become overcrowded because they are not properly aligned. Different strategies are necessary to resolve these problems, fixing overcrowding teeth.

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Giving smiles

If You See a Friend Without a Smile; Give Him One of Yours. – Proverb

Whenever we see someone who is not smiling, we should assume that such a person needs to be cheered up. The person may be experiencing family troubles, financial hardships, disappointment, hunger, thirst, headache or a number of other issues. Sometimes, the only thing we can give another person is a smile back to comfort him or her. Giving smiles is a wonderful gesture, and it can brighten up another person’s day almost as much as the sun can if it’s sincere. In fact, a smile to friends and from friends is one of the best ways that a person can tell that he has friends.

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Can I Wear Braces if I’m Pregnant?

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The dentist is the first person we remember when we need help for our teeth however there are kinds of help that they’re unable to provide. While your teeth are clean and strong, they may not be in the proper alignment. Whether you have an issue with your bite, spacing, or your teeth are simply not straight, there is nothing that you can do on your own to fix this situation. You need to seek the professional help of an orthodontist to correct the alignment of your teeth. You are open to the idea of getting braces and want to know about your options, but you have one concern. You want to know if being pregnant with braces will pose any kind of problem to your baby on the way.

Pregnant with Braces is Not an Issue

Don’t let getting braces while pregnant worry you. As long as your orthodontist believes that you are a good candidate for orthodontic treatment, you can be pregnant and wear braces. Braces involve treatment of your teeth with the use of wires and brackets or plastic aligners to get the desired results. There is no reason to be worried about your baby while you are trying to achieve a beautiful smile, although you need to be on guard for certain concerns.

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Before You Put on a Frown, Make Absolutely Sure There Are No Smiles Available – Jim Beggs

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Frown do not need to be your go-to expression because there are so many smiles to go around. It might not be common knowledge, but a smile can make someone feel good. A smile can be quite powerful, and all one has to do is unleash it, which is one reason why orthodontists do what they do.

A healthy smile is an available smile, but some people feel they need to hide their smile.

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Three Reasons Your Orthodontic Braces Are Still On

LAST UPDATED: JUNE 28, 2017

Braces aren’t just for teenagers anymore since millions of teens and adults have braces on their teeth every single day. Braces and orthodontic work can help align your teeth and make your smile more appealing. The specific amount of time a person needs to wear braces is obviously going to differ from one individual to the next. Some people are able to wear braces for only six months while others are in them for two or even three years. Knowing why you’re wearing braces and why they may still be on will help you put the effort and energy into your orthodontic treatment to get the most out of it.

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What are the Benefits of Braces?

Whether you’ve been fitted for traditional metal braces or are wearing Invisalign, having braces is a wonderful option for people who want to improve the look of their smile. Your smile is normally going to be the first thing a person notices about you, so it’s pretty obvious that you’ll want to put a bit of time and attention into your teeth if you feel they could use it.

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