Posts for tag: orthodontics
Sometimes it seems that appearances count for everything—especially in Hollywood. But just recently, Lonnie Chaviz, the 10-year-old actor who plays young Randall on the hit TV show This Is Us, delivered a powerful message about accepting differences in body image. And the whole issue was triggered by negative social media comments about his smile.
Lonnie has a noticeable diastema—that is, a gap between his two front teeth; this condition is commonly seen in children, but is less common in adults. There are plenty of celebrities who aren’t bothered by the excess space between their front teeth, such as Michael Strahan, Lauren Hutton and Vanessa Paradis. However, there are also many people who choose to close the gap for cosmetic or functional reasons.
Unfortunately, Lonnie had been on the receiving end of unkind comments about the appearance of his smile. But instead of getting angry, the young actor posted a thoughtful reply via Instagram video, in which he said: “I could get my gap fixed. Braces can fix this, but like, can you fix your heart, though?”
Lonnie is raising an important point: Making fun of how someone looks shows a terrible lack of compassion. Besides, each person’s smile is uniquely their own, and getting it “fixed” is a matter of personal choice. It’s true that in most circumstances, if the gap between the front teeth doesn’t shrink as you age and you decide you want to close it, orthodontic appliances like braces can do the job. Sometimes, a too-big gap can make it more difficult to eat and to pronounce some words. In other situations, it’s simply a question of aesthetics—some like it; others would prefer to live without it.
There’s a flip side to this issue as well. When teeth need to be replaced, many people opt to have their smile restored just the way it was, rather than in some “ideal” manner. That could mean that their dentures are specially fabricated with a space between the front teeth, or the crowns of their dental implants are spaced farther apart than they normally would be. For these folks, the “imperfection” is so much a part of their unique identity that changing it just seems wrong.
So if you’re satisfied with the way your smile looks, all you need to do is keep up with daily brushing and flossing, and come in for regular checkups and cleanings to keep it healthy and bright. If you’re unsatisfied, ask us how we could help make it better. And if you need tooth replacement, be sure to talk to us about all of your options—teeth that are regular and “Hollywood white;” teeth that are natural-looking, with minor variations in color and spacing; and teeth that look just like the smile you’ve always had.
Because when it comes to your smile, we couldn’t agree more with what Lonnie Chaviz said at the end of his video: “Be who you want to be. Do what you want to do. Do you. Be you. Believe in yourself.”
If you have questions about cosmetic dentistry, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Magic of Orthodontics.”
Many teenagers and adults who need orthodontic treatment to fix common bite and alignment issues are often reluctant to get braces for a number of reasons, from social and professional concerns, to practical issues like dietary restrictions and adjustments. Invisalign clear aligner trays offer a discreet and effective alternative to braces. The dentists at 1st Choice Dental offer a range of general and cosmetic dentistry services in Woodstock and Kennesaw, GA.
Invisalign in Woodstock and Kennesaw, GA
In addition to the fact that they are inconspicuous and virtually undetectable when you smile, Invisalign offers a number of additional benefits for your oral health and quality of life.
How Invisalign Works
The Invisalign system consists of a series of custom designed, disposable aligner trays that gradually shift your teeth into alignment. The trays are worn for approximately two weeks, and can be removed for up to two hours every day which allows you to maintain a normal oral hygiene routine and eat without restrictions. In some cases, the duration of the treatment period may be shorter with Invisalign than with braces, depending on your specific alignment needs.
What Dental Issues Can Invisalign Correct?
Some of the bite and alignment issues that can be corrected with Invisalign include:
- Open bite
- Gaps and spacing
In addition to the cosmetic problems caused by common bite problems, they can also put you at greater risk for oral health problems like tooth decay and gum disease. Crowded or overlapping teeth can make it difficult to brush properly and lead to plaque and tartar buildup. Invisalign offers the best of both worlds by addressing your orthodontic needs without sacrificing your smile in the process with metallic braces.
Find a Dentist in Woodstock and Kennesaw, GA
For more information about the benefits of clear aligners and to find out if Invisalign is a good option for you, contact 1st Choice Dental today to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists by calling (678) 293-8773 in Woodstock or Kennesaw, GA.
What's your best orthodontic choice? It may be Invisalign clear aligners. Helping older teens and adults achieve healthy straight smiles for more than 20 years, these clear, thin, discreet appliances fit snugly over the top and bottom teeth. They treat a wide variety of orthodontic issues. Could Invisalign from 1st Choice Dental Care in Kennesaw & Woodstock, GA work for you?
Smooth and invisible
Unlike metal or ceramic braces, Invisalign clear aligners are customized from biocompatible acrylic. They don't abrade oral tissues, impose complex oral hygiene routines or limit what you can eat. Fully removable for meals, brushing, and flossing and special occasions, Invisalign invisible braces move teeth into attractive and healthy positions in an average of one year. That's half the time conventional braces take.
What Invisalign helps
The list is long. While conventional orthodontics must address very complex problems, Invisalign straightens many mild to moderate problems. Appropriate for older teens and adults, the aligners come in pairs--18 to 30 in all. The patient changes them every 2 weeks or so according to the individualized treatment plan devised by your dentist at 1st Choice Dental Care.
Specifically, Invisalign aligners treat:
- Open bite
- Tooth rotation
- Tooth tipping
Your consultation and treatment in Kennesaw, Woodstock, and Marietta
Your dentist performs a complete oral exam, digital X-rays, and a special three-dimensional scan. Then, the dentist sends instructions to the Invisalign lab where a highly trained technician carefully crafts the aligner pairs. As you proceed through your plan, you'll visit 1st Choice Dental Care every four to six weeks for a progress check, and you'll receive your next pairs of aligners.
As you live with your Invisalign appliances, you'll see your teeth move into proper position. You'll find the aligners easy to maintain. Just wear them 20 to 22 hours daily as instructed and rinse with warm water to clean. If you're a teen, your aligners may have compliance indicators to keep treatment on track and space maintainers in case you're still waiting for molars or other teeth to erupt.
Find out more
The American Association of Orthodontists says 20 percent of orthodontic patients are over 14 years old. If you're a teen or adult wishing discreet, effective orthodontic treatment, please contact 1st Choice Dental Care to arrange an Invisalign consultation. We have seven dentists and three locations for your best and most convenient care. Call (678) 293-8773 for the Kennesaw and Woodstock offices.
It’s something you think about often—especially when you look in a mirror or at a photo of yourself. You wish something could have been done about it a long time ago. But now you think you’re too old to correct your misaligned teeth—your “crooked” smile.
Actually, you can transform your smile through orthodontics, whatever your age. Millions of your peers have done just that—currently, an estimated one in five orthodontic patients is an adult.
If orthodontics isn’t right for you it won’t be because of age, but most likely the condition of your gums and underlying bone or your overall health. That first factor is extremely important: if you’ve lost a significant amount of bone due to periodontal (gum) disease, there may not be enough to support the force of moving the teeth during orthodontics.
Health conditions like severe heart-valve disease, uncontrolled diabetes or drugs to treat arthritis or osteoporosis can also make tooth movement difficult. And, if you have restricted saliva flow (dry mouth), wearing orthodontic devices could be uncomfortable and increase your risk of tooth decay.
If, however, your mouth and body are reasonably healthy (and you don’t have a difficult bite problem to correct), there’s no reason why you can’t undergo orthodontic treatment. The only other thing that might hold you back is concern over your appearance during treatment. Many adults balk at the possible embarrassment of wearing metal braces “at their age.”
If this is a concern, you may have an alternative: clear aligners. These are a series of computer-generated clear plastic trays that conform to the individual contours of your teeth. Each tray is slightly different—you wear one for a short period of time (usually two weeks) before moving on to the next tray to successively and gradually move your teeth. They’re nearly invisible to others and, unlike fixed metal braces, you can take them out for a rare special occasion.
The only way you’ll know whether correcting your misaligned teeth is a viable option is to undergo a full orthodontic evaluation. From there we can help you decide if and how you want to gain a straighter, more attractive smile.
If you would like more information on adult orthodontics, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Orthodontics for the Older Adult.”
In the past, orthodontic care was not as effective or common as it is today. However, you may still second guess braces due to the obvious nature of their design. Having metal brackets and wires permanently attached to your teeth during treatment is a big commitment! Luckily, you can now straighten your smile discreetly with Invisalign. We offer Invisalign at our Kennesaw and Woodstock locations, so you'll be straightening without anyone noticing!
How does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment which uses aligner trays rather than metal wires and brackets. The trays, which the patient wears one after another until the end of their treatment series, are made of clear plastic, making them super-discreet and virtually invisible to others. The trays are all slightly different, placing pressure on the teeth at certain points and moving them slowly but steadily from their original positions to their new, straightened resting places. The trays may need some help pinpointing the areas on which the pressure is placed. In this case, tooth-colored bumps called attachments placed onto the teeth can help distribute the pressure placed on the teeth by the trays.
What does Invisalign treat?
Invisalign treats the standard orthodontic concerns, including:
- misaligned teeth
- uneven teeth
- overcrowded teeth
- under crowded teeth
- open bite
Invisalign Treatments at our Kennesaw & Woodstock Locations
Invisalign can help in many different situations and at various severities of orthodontic problems. However, dentists usually only recommend Invisalign for patients ages 12 and up as younger patients may have still-growing jaws which could compromise treatment. In some cases, a dentist may suggest orthodontic treatment for younger patients to guide their growing teeth and jaws, but this is not always the case. If you think you could benefit from Invisalign, contact us today!
For more information on Invisalign, please contact us at 1st Choice Dental Care. Call (678) 293-8773 to schedule your appointment today!