General Dental Health

The Real Concerns About Crooked Teeth

The appearance of your smile is a significant concern when your teeth are crooked. After all, your smile is a dominant feature of your overall appearance, and your confidence in it can have a strong impact on your self-confidence. Nevertheless, there are several deeper concerns about crooked teeth than just your smile’s appearance. When your teeth aren’t properly aligned, your smile is at a significantly higher risk of several types of dental health issues. Therefore, correcting crooked teeth plays a more important role than just improving your self-confidence.

Braces and Photos: Can They Mix?

Who doesn’t want to look as good as possible in a photo? If you are taking steps to correct misaligned teeth, or make your smile the best it can be, does that mean ducking out of photos? Absolutely not! There are a number of almost invisible orthdontic options to straighten teeth or correct jaw alignment. Some options have completely removable trays, that can be discreetly stored away when the cameras come out. If you keep your eye on the big picture: straighter teeth for the rest of your life, mixing braces and photos is no problem at all.

Orthodontics And Holiday Time: Keep Your Smile Approachable!

Ah, yes! The joy of attending holiday functions, while you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment. On one hand, you’ll feel wonderful knowing that by this time next year, you’ll probably be done with your course of treatment and your smile will look fantastic. However, right now, what you’re most worried about is getting through parties and meals without food stuck between your brackets and without anyone seeing you pull your clear aligner trays out of your mouth. Don’t worry. We are full of helpful and easy hints.

Trays: 2 Things You Must Remember

Are you wearing clear braces with the use of aligner trays? If so, you know that on one hand, it’s an absolute walk in the park! You don’t need to worry about being inconvenienced during the day if it’s time to eat (you can remove the trays) or if it’s time to brush and floss (again, you may take them out). However, we like to remind you not to get too relaxed with your efforts. Remaining on track will help you not only enjoy an aligned smile but also keep your smile healthy throughout the process. Let’s talk!

Braces And Gingivitis: 3 Tips For Prevention

It’s never good to develop gingivitis. As you may have already realized, when you have braces on your teeth, it can become even easier to develop this problem for multiple reasons. First, it’s easier for food to become trapped on brackets and beneath gum tissue. Second, you will need to become more detailed with your dental hygiene, which may seem a little more challenging at first. So, how to avoid adding a periodontal problem into the mix when what you’re trying to do is successfully align your smile? We thought you’d never ask! Allow us to offer all the help you need.

Quiz: When You Need Flossing Help

You might need some help with your dental flossing if you are wearing braces. Not to worry! When you go from flossing bare teeth to flossing around orthodontic treatment, such as teeth with brackets connected to one another with wires, things can start to feel a bit complicated. As long as you’re putting forth the effort, you’re halfway there! As for how to succeed, our quiz will offer helpful advice.

2 Dental Hygiene Products To Consider

Are you wearing braces as your orthodontic treatment for an aligned smile? Perhaps you’re going through treatment with clear aligner trays. The good news is that no matter what you’re using to attain a straight smile, we have some dental hygiene suggestions that will help you feel wonderful about your smile care at home. Remember, the cleaner you keep your teeth and gums the better. Not only will your smile look uniform but it will be a glowing beauty, too!

Time to Stretch Your Orthodontic Vocab

School may be out for the summer, but it’s never a bad time to stretch your orthodontic vocabulary! Orthodontics is the dental specialty that deals with how the teeth are positioned in the jaw and how the upper and lower jaws meet. There is a specialized vocabulary that describes orthodontic issues. We are always happy to answer your questions and make sure you are fully informed on orthodontic issues that may affect you (or your child’s) oral health, comfort and beautiful smile.

Can Orthodontics Help With Headaches?

You might have heard some mention of the fact that orthodontic care can help address headaches. Never one to ignore something that sounds logical (and would offer you the relief you need), perhaps you’ve been poking around a bit online and asking friends and family members about this detail. Fortunately, it is absolutely possible that your misaligned teeth are contributing to (or simply causing) your chronic discomfort. Curious about why this is the case? Learn a little more and remember to set up a consultation soon if you’re ready to alleviate the issue and to achieve a straight smile.

Ready to fall in love with your smile, but not sure where to start? Send us a photo or a question of your smile, and Dr. Lathrop will respond!