Is it Possible for a Patient to Change Orthodontists?

change orthodontists

Is it Possible for a Patient to Change Orthodontists?

Sometimes, the relationship between a patient and an orthodontist is unsuccessful. The patient may feel as if the orthodontist is not acting in his or her best interest. The patient may have experienced an unexpected painful treatment or an attitude that was unprofessional. Perhaps, the person feels as if a different orthodontist may offer affordable braces, whereas the current orthodontist does not. In such cases, a person may want to change the orthodontist from which he or she has been receiving care. This individual may want to know if changing an orthodontist is allowable. The short answer to the question is “yes.”

Read more…

Factors Shaping your Orthodontic Bill

What is the Cost to Straighten Out a Jaw?

Team Demas Orthodontics
Photo Credit: Cayusa via Compfight cc

It is common for people to suffer from a jaw that is misaligned slightly. This means that that the lower jaw is not able to hinge correctly into the upper jaw. In many cases, this issue does not produce any discomfort for an individual. However, other people may suffer from a pain in the hinges that enable the mouth to be opened. This type of jaw issue can also result in a person wearing down their teeth in an uneven manner. There are some people who think their jaw looks funny and want to fix its appearance. Fortunately, it is possible for an orthodontic specialist to properly realign a person’s jaws. This can be accomplished by either dental braces or surgery.

In terms of the cost of a jaw straightening procedure, it is impossible to give an accurate estimate for all people because there are many factors that will play a role regarding what the final cost will be. In other words, every person is different. However, here are some factors that will directly impact how much a person’s treatment will cost:

Read more…

Misaligned Bites: Causes, Consequences and Remedies

What is a Misaligned Bite

Team Demas Orthodontics
Photo Credit: filipappeldorn via Compfight cc

The process of the teeth of the upper jaw meshing with the teeth of the bottom jaw is called occlusion. If done correctly, this involves 128 contact points. Malocclusion, also known as bad bite, is when your teeth do not fit together properly and your bite is not correct.

What Causes Bad Bite?

Genetics, you were born with it. You started out with good bite when you had your baby teeth but, when they fell out, your adult teeth did not follow the proper eruption pattern. Perhaps your teeth and jaws were not properly positioned causing your permanent teeth to grow in out of line.

Some people have jaws that are just too small to accommodate the size and number of permanent teeth. Bad habits such as thumb sucking can put undue pressure on erupting teeth and cause them to come in at strange angles.

Read more…

Precursors to Braces

Five Signs that a Child, Teen, or Adult Needs Braces

Team Demas Orthodontics
Photo Credit: sincerelykerbie via Compfight cc

Many people have considered whether they need braces at one time or another. Nearly everyone has some kind of physical imperfection with their teeth. People with at least some slightly askew teeth are the norm, they are not the exception. Not everyone who has a few off kilter teeth needs to be fitted for braces. If you have ever wondered do I need braces, follow this guide to five signs that a child, teen or adult needs braces.

1. Strong Child Signs

There are some strong signs that a child needs braces. One of the strongest signs that a child needs braces is missing or irregular baby teeth. Also, if they have crooked or misplaced teeth, you should be sure to take your children in to see the orthodontist. Also, children who do excessive thumb sucking are also more likely to need to be fitted for braces at some point.

Read more…

The Battle of Braces

Lingual Braces v Invisalign

Team Demas Orthodontics
Pink Sherbet Photography via Compfight cc

Nice straight teeth are often highly desirable, but many people do not like being confined to using braces to achieve them. At an older age, braces don’t just look uncomfortable; they can affect the facial appearance while in place. Luckily, in 1998 an innovative breakthrough emerged for tooth re positioning.  This was the launching of Invisalign.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign are plastic aligners that cannot be seen. The public responded quickly to this new development, as they thought that crooked and misaligned teeth could now be corrected without the need for the attachment of brackets and wires to the teeth for long periods of time. It was soon learnt however that Invisalign does not always make a magical improvement, but can be beneficial in certain circumstances. The plastic is simply not strong enough to exert the same force as clear braces, such as lingual and conventional steel braces. This is particularly true for such actions as turning teeth round and lengthening teeth. In moderate to severe teeth alignment cases then, clear braces can be used or conventional metal braces.

Read more…

Is Extraction the Only Solution?

Are There Alternatives to Having Teeth Removed for Braces?

Team Demas Orthodontics
becstarr via Compfight cc

When you realize that the only way you or your child are ever going to get straight teeth is by visiting an orthodontist for an evaluation, then you will want to know answers to certain key questions.  The main ones that Dr. Demas at Team Demas Orthodontics is asked are about the treatment time, the costs associated with the treatment, whether tooth extractions will be necessary and if headgear needs to be worn.

When it comes to the extraction of teeth, this will depend on how severe the crowding is. Removing one or other of your teeth might be necessary. If the underlying bone’s shape and size is insufficient, retaining all teeth would mean your teeth would stick out more noticeably. It could also result in recession, which is gum loss or dehiscence, which is bone loss.

Read more…

Toothbrushing Mistake No. 4

Orthodontics

Tooth brushing Mistake No.4: “Brushing Too Often or Too Hard”

Research conducted at a leading U.S. university identified that there was no real evidence that brushing teeth extra hard with a toothbrush led to cleaner and whiter teeth. In fact, the opposite was found to be true.  Brushing too hard could well damage the layer on the surface of the teeth that would otherwise protect the teeth. Damage to the gums could also occur as well. A scientific method was designed that discovered that while brushing for the recommended 120 seconds, the pressure that should be applied by the toothbrush should be equal to an average sized orange. It was found that if the pressure went beyond this, the amount of plaque remaining on the teeth was about the same.

Read more…

Toothbrushing Mistake No. 3

Orthodontics

Tooth brushing Mistake No.3: “Not Brushing Often Enough or Long Enough”

How many of us take teeth brushing so seriously that we count the minutes or seconds every time we go through the routine. I wouldn’t think that too many of us have a stopwatch at hand for that purpose. Maybe we should. The American Dental Association firmly advises the American public to adhere to the 120 second rule every time one of us dabs our toothbrush with toothpaste. It is not simply the seconds we count throughout our daily brush but the number of times a day the stopwatch is set matters too. Twice daily is the expected frequency these days although some over exuberant people might even get around to three times daily.

Read more…