Posts for tag: orthodontics

By Aesthetic Dental Center of Columbia
August 06, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics  

Orthodontic treatment does more than just give you straighter teeth - although that's a big part of it. Depending on the issue, certain bite Adult-Bracesand alignment problems can make it difficult to practice thorough oral hygiene and put your oral health at risk. Bite problems can affect everything from how you eat, to your speech. Braces bring your teeth into alignment so that your teeth are not only straight, but they also function properly in the process. Dr. Chithra Durgam and Dr. Leah Friedman, the dentists at Aesthetic Dental in North Bergen, NJ, offer orthodontics as well as general and cosmetic dentistry services for the entire family.


A New and Improved Smile with Braces in North Bergen, NJ

Orthodontics are used to correct bite and alignment issues such as crowding, overbite, open bite, and crossbite. Orthodontics work by applying pressure in order to gradually shift your teeth into better alignment, so the earlier those bite problems are identified and treated the better. Dentists can usually identify issues in children as their permanent teeth begin to erupt, and generally recommend treatment as soon as possible.

However, braces aren't just for kids and teenagers; more and more adults are getting either braces or Invisalign clear aligner trays in recent years. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, at least one in five orthodontic patients are adults over the age of 18.


Benefits of Getting Orthodontic Treatment (at Any Age)

The cosmetic results of braces or Invisalign are incentive enough for most people. If you've lived with crooked teeth, a significant overbite, or large gaps and spaces between your teeth for some time, your confidence and self-esteem have probably suffered as a result. But a cosmetically attractive smile doesn't just make people feel good about themselves, it improves the way the world sees them as a result.

Orthodontic treatment is also an investment in your oral health. From making it easier to brush and floss, to improving your nutrition and easing tension in your jaw and other related symptoms, orthodontic treatment can improve multiple aspects of your smile and oral health.


Find an Orthodontist in North Bergen, NJ

For more information about the benefits and long term effects of orthodontic treatment and other dentistry services, contact Aesthetic Dental by calling (201) 869-3033 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Durgam or Dr. Friedman today.

By Aesthetic Dental Center of Columbia
July 22, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics  

There are an assortment of techniques and treatments in an orthodontist's toolkit, braces being the most common and best known. Of course, there wouldn't be any tools at all if teeth couldn't move naturally.

Teeth aren't directly connected to the jawbone. An elastic tissue called the periodontal ligament lies between each one, with tiny fibers attaching to the tooth on one side and to the bone on the other. The ligament's elasticity and other qualities allow micro-movements of the teeth as we bite.

The ligament can also adapt to changes in the mouth and teeth by allowing the teeth to move to different positions. That's the basic concept behind braces: we thread a thin wire through brackets attached to the teeth, which we then attach to anchor points (usually back teeth not intended to move) and apply tension to it. Gradually over time, the target teeth move.

But what if your malocclusion (poor bite) is more complicated or the back teeth can't supply enough anchorage for moving the intended teeth? That's where we take advantage of other sources of anchorage.

One such source is the patient's skull, which we can make use of through special headgear worn a few hours a day. The device consists of a strap under tension that runs around the back of the head or neck to a wire housing attached to brackets on the target teeth. If you want to “pull” the teeth forward, the strap would come over the chin, forehead or a combination of both.

We may sometimes want to isolate some teeth to move without moving nearby teeth, such as moving front teeth backward to close a space without affecting teeth further to the rear. We can create a separate anchor point in the jaw with a TAD or temporary anchorage device.

TADs are tiny screws made of stainless steel inserted temporarily into the bone. We loop an elastic band over the TAD on one end and to a bracket or tension wire attached to the target teeth on the other. When we've achieved the teeth's new position we can easily remove the TAD from the bone.

These various tools make it possible to correct difficult or complex malocclusions. They may not always look attractive, but they'll help ensure the final result is.

If you would like more information on available orthodontic treatments, 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 “Orthodontic Headgear & Other Anchorage Appliances.”

By Aesthetic Dental Center of Columbia
December 20, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics  

If you’ve ever looked at younger photos of yourself, you’re sure to notice differences with your present appearance. Of course, your basic features might appear much the same. But maybe your lips seemed a little thicker back then, or your nose a bit less prominent.

This is because your facial features don’t stop growing when you reach adulthood—they continue to change throughout your life. For example, lips reach their maximum thickness by around age 14 for girls or age 16 for boys; they’ll remain at that level of thickness for a few years before gradually thinning throughout adulthood. The nose will also continue to grow, becoming more prominent especially as changes in the lower part of the face can make the chin appear shorter.

Although each of us ages at different rates and in different ways, these general physical trends are somewhat predictable. That’s why we can use the knowledge of how our facial physiology changes with age to fine tune orthodontic or other cosmetic dental treatments. The most optimum approach is to consider treatment in the early stages of bite development during childhood or early adolescence.

This means we’re doing more than correcting a patient’s current bite: we’re also taking into account how tooth movement now might affect the jaw and facial structures later in life. By incorporating our understanding of age-related changes into our treatment we might be able to provide some hedge against the effects of aging.

This approach starts with early comprehensive dental care, preferably before a child’s first birthday, and an orthodontic evaluation at around age 6 to assess bite development. It may also be necessary to initiate interceptive treatment at an early age to lessen or even eliminate a growing bite problem to help ease the extent of future treatment. And if a bite requires correction, early evaluation can help create a timetable for effective treatment in later years.

Taking this approach can correct problems now affecting both dental health and appearance. But by acknowledging the aging process in our treatments, we can build the foundation for a beautiful smile well into the future.

If you would like more information on keeping an attractive smile throughout your life, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

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