TMJ In Children

Although most TMJ cases are involved with adults and it is not heard of in children, TMJ has affected children more than you think, a study found that 25% of children, mostly female, in nearly 5,000 suffer from TMJ related symptoms. As a parent, this can sound alarming, however, we here at Beauty Smile Orthodontics are here to give you all the important information you need to know if your child is suffering from TMJ.

What is TMJ?

TMJ is a condition that affects countless numbers of adults and children, however, some people do not know what TMJ truly is. Every human has two temporomandibular joints in front of your ears which connects to the lower region of your jaw. These two joints allow us to talk, chew, and swallow.

TMJ has been determined to develop in the uterus of a woman 13 weeks after conception, where it continues to grow in the first 10 years of your child’s life. Ultimately, this makes your child in risk of TMJ disorder if they suffer a jaw injury during this time period. Over your child’s teen years, they are at a high risk as their age increases, especially girls who have just gone through puberty. In a recent study, it is found that women are 9 times more likely to have symptoms of TMJ disorder than the average boy.

What are symptoms of TMJ?

TMJ can have a variety of symptoms that can be aligned with other conditions, it is essential to contact your orthodontist immediately if you experience any of the following:

– Ear pain
– Jaw pain
– Sensitive teeth
– Locked jaw
– Popped jaw
– Facial pain
– Neck/shoulder pain
– Headaches
– Jaw clicking

Treatments for TMJ

TMJ disorder can be prevented for your child by following these helpful tips below:

– Avoid foods that can cause stress to the jaw (hard candy)
– Loosen your jaw with relaxation methods
– Avoid extreme jaw movements
– A TMJ mouth guard
– Warm or cold packs on the areas the jaw is in pain
– Dental procedures

For more information or questions on how TMJ can affect your child, contact Beauty Smile Orthodontics today.

Helpful Tips While Wearing Braces

When you are wearing braces, everyday life can be a little more difficult. However, we here at Beauty Smile Orthodontics have some helpful tips for you to ensure your life is easier with braces.

Avoid sticky/chewy foods: To ensure you do not get any broken brackets or any plaque stuck on your teeth, it it wise to avoid these types of foods. Things such as, gum, popcorn, caramel, and other types of sweets are the worst for your braces, be sure to avoid these.

Brush your teeth diligently: In order to prevent tooth decay, you should brush your teeth and braces at least twice a day. When brushing your teeth, brush in a circular motion with a soft and durable toothbrush. If you have braces, it is essential to get an orthodontic toothbrush specialized for braces to guarantee perfection.

Floss your teeth on a regular: Many people forget to floss everyday, however, it is very important to keep your teeth clean. Those with braces are especially in need of floss to rid of any food between the brackets and wires. Using orthodontic flossing tools, such as water-powered flossing tool will contribute to your smile.

Use dental wax: When you have braces, it is usually expected to have some irritation to your cheeks, lips, or tongue from your wires. Using special dental wax to clear up the pain will give you instant relief and will not cause any problems in those areas affected.

Visit your orthodontist: It is important for those with braces to attend their orthodontic appointments to ensure everything is properly functioning. Orthodontists know what is best for your teeth, it is wise to seek help from your orthodontist if you have any questions or concerns.

For more information, contact our specialized team at Beauty Smile Orthodontics for a free consultation today.

Braces When You’re An Adult

Generally, most people think that braces are accompanied by your teenage and childhood years. This is not the case, adults make up over 20% of orthodontic patients in the United States. Many adults are seeking orthodontic care to treat their dental care issues, such as a crooked smile and bite issues. If adults do not receive the dental treatment they need, it can result in many different long-term complications.

Some long-term issues you may encounter if you do not receive dental treatment include the following:

Jaw pain
Chewing/biting complications
Headaches
Earaches
Tooth bone and gum erosion
Difficulty cleansing teeth and removal of plaque
Tooth decay occurrence increased

If you are considering braces and you are an adult, Beauty Smile Orthodontics has some things for you to consider include:

Types of braces: As an adult, you have many options when getting braces, you can get the traditional metal braces that are the most common and effective. There are other options to consider which will make it easier to hide your braces and more convenient to you, including lingual, clear ceramic, or hidden braces. It is essential for you to understand that there are other ways to make it more convenient for you, but not as effective as the traditional brace.

Treatment time increased: Since you are an adult, your bone growth has stopped which increases the treatment time for braces. On average, adults have braces for 2 years, however, this does not apply to all patients since everyone’s pearly whites are different.

Other treatment options needed: The bone growth of an adult stops once they mature through their adolescence. This means they will not be able to have any major changes, unless they undergo surgery. Generally, this affects patients with unique problems, such as biting issues and severe teeth crowding.

Significant results: Most adults feel it is too late to fix their dental issues, however, this is not the case. At any age, orthodontic treatment is possible and with our extraordinary services at Beauty Smile Orthodontics, we guarantee you will be beyond satisfied with the results.

If you are an adult and are considering braces, contact our skilled orthodontists at Beauty Smile Orthodontics today for a free consultation.

Halloween: Keeping Up With Dental Care

With Halloween just around the corner, it is especially important for those with braces to keep up with brushing their teeth, as well as being extra diligent in eating candy. During this time of year, many individuals contemplate between eating the sugar-filled sweets and maintaining the integrity of their braces. Our team at Beauty Smile Ortho knows what the good and bad sweets there is and what is not good for your braces.

Caramel
Caramel is one of the worst sweets for your braces, it is a sticky and chewy type of candy that can easily get stuck in your teeth, gums, and especially braces. This will make it difficult to get out of your mouth and have clean teeth, which will cause cavities.

Popcorn
Popcorn can destruct your brackets in your braces very easily. The kernels of the popcorn can get stuck in between your braces which will further extend your time with braces and cause lots of discomfort.

Gum
Many forget that gum is one of the worst things when having braces. The chewy substance is guaranteed to be stuck in your braces which will cause discomfort. This will delay your braces experience and you will have to pay for the replacement of the brace the gum was entwined with.

Ultimately, it is not a wise idea to consume any kind of candy, such as the ones listed, until you get your braces off. Life will be a lot more difficult if you give in to the sugary sweets while having braces. Having patience and waiting until you get your braces off is the best way you can go. For more information on how to further your smile, contact us today at Beauty Smile Ortho.

Mouth Guards: Keeping Your Straight Smile

As athletes are getting the last of the nice weather outside, it is essential for those in sports to be wearing a mouth guard. It is even more important to be wearing a mouthguard for people with braces and dental appliances; preventing the possibility of orthodontic injuries. Each year, 15 million Americans suffer the trauma of dental injuries as a result of not wearing their mouth guards during a sports-related activity. If you do not wear a mouthguard while participating in a sport, you may get detrimental damage to your teeth and gums.

The best route to go down is to take preventative measures to protect your smile, this will eliminate the chances of you having a toothless smile. Beauty Smile Orthodontics will prevent you from having a broken smile with our excellent services.

Injuries associated with not wearing a mouthguard include:

Fractured/broken teeth and jaw
Nerve Damage
Severe cuts to the gums/tongue (requires surgical repair)
Damage to the roots where the teeth are held in place
Concussions

Our team at Beauty Smile Orthodontics is here to prevent any of the injuries listed from occurring. We acknowledge the risk of dental trauma to those in both physical and non-contact sports. During each season, 1 in 10 players encounter trauma to the teeth during a sports activity, this also includes non-contact sports such as gymnastics, bicycling, and skateboarding. We are here to stop this from happening by promoting the use of mouthguards to erase the chances of you having a toothless smile, talk to us about picking the right mouthguard for you. Come into Beauty Smile Orthodontics to protect your teeth this fall.

National Orthodontic Health Month

October is the month of Autumn where the weather starts to get chilly as the leaves change colors. Individuals all across the United States might start planning for holidays that are only right around the corner. However, the month of October has a bigger picture to our team at Beauty Smile Orthodontics since it is National Orthodontic Health Month. Our ultimate goal of this month is to promote the services we provide and stress how important our work truly is. During this wonderful time of year, it is a great time to get your questions answered about what an orthodontist can do for you to help better your life. Beauty Smile Orthodontics is all about giving you the perfect set of teeth with the most affordable services available.

What we can do for you:
A healthy smile contributes to your overall well-being and comfort. Here at Beauty Smile Orthodontics you will gain more confidence with yourself once we are done with your teeth. A happy self-image is one of the most important things to have in your life, we here at  Beauty Smile Orthodontics promote happiness through a healthy smile. This relates back to the National Orthodontic Health Month since this is the time of the year where kids are eating the sugar filled sweets that can damage the teeth and gums. Our team stresses to those with braces to be extra diligent in keeping up with their oral hygiene especially at this time of the year. We want you to keep your beautiful smile by coming over to Beauty Smile Orthodontics in order to have more dental health benefits. If you want to have the best smile possible, our team at Beauty Smile Orthodontics is the leading option for you. Our affordable services will give you a glowing smile that stays forever. Your smile is your future, come see us at Beauty Smile Orthodontics to perfect your smile! Contact us today for a free braces consultation.

The Difference Between Standard Braces & Invisalign

A common question every orthodontist is asked, “How Long Do I Have To Wear Braces For?” Almost every patient is different, there is no exact length of time. Factors that could affect the length of braces, would be movement in teeth. Orthodontist doesn’t know how well your teeth will react to movement prior to treatment. Your Orthodontist could give you a rough idea, but not an exact time.

Different kinds of treatments can take different lengths of time. Invisalign and Standard Braces have two different lengths of time. The difference between these two are as followed:

Invisalign - Has up to 50% faster result in treatments. With Invisalign, they are made to fit snugly over your teeth. Weekly you have to get a new aligner, this helps gradually move your teeth into position.

Standard Braces - Length of standard braces vary from person to person, you’re able to pick and choose what color you want your braces, but you also have to take certain precautions when wearing braces. You won’t brush the same as you did before or eat certain foods.

The average length for standard braces takes about 24 months, for adults. For younger children, it can take less time due to their months, and tissue and bones are still growing and can adapt to new changes quicker than adults.

Orthodontic treatment is essential to our healthy mouths, having healthy teeth will give you a happy and confident smile. No matter the length of time you have to wear braces, it’s important to make sure you don’t encounter any problems in the future.

If you feel you might need braces, contact us at Beauty Smile Orthodontics and we will get you scheduled in for a consult.

 

Flossing Your Teeth While Having Braces

It’s important to teach kids with braces, how to properly brush and floss their teeth to help ensure a healthy smile. It can be difficult to clean between the wires and brackets but using the right techniques can help prevent bad breath and plaque build up.

Brushing teeth at an early age is key to having a healthy smile but can quickly get interrupted when braces are brought into the mix. With wire and brackets, the braces block parts of the tooth and it makes it hard to reach plaque buildup. It’s recommended to brush your teeth daily, at least after every meal.

Rinse First - Rinsing will help loosen any food that could be stuck in between the brackets.

Brushing - Make sure you brush every tooth at the gum line and above your brackets. Angle the brush upwards to brush the bottom of the wires.

Flossing - Use a floss threader to help brush in between your teeth, wires, and brackets. It’s a great idea for kids to floss every time they brush their teeth.

For more information about your braces, and how you can properly clean the contact Beauty Smile Orthodontics today!

Seeing The Dentist While Pregnant

Every expecting mother has questions about seeing their orthodontist while being pregnant. Dental cleanings and annual exams are recommended during pregnancy. While you’re pregnant your hormone levels increase, which causes your gums to swell up, bleed and collect food in your gums that can cause irritation and could lead to infections if untreated.

Dental Work During Pregnancy

To help reduce the risk of getting any infections, it’s important to treat any cavity and crowns. It’s recommended to get dental work done during the second trimester because once you get into your third trimester, it’s going to be difficult for you to lay on your back for long periods of time. If any major dental work must be done, try to postpone it after births.

Medications That Are Used During Dental Work

When you are expecting, it’s important to let Beauty Smile Orthodontics know you are pregnant, so they can give you a different type of medicine when working on your teeth. Some medicines that the dentist use can cause conflicting effects on the developing baby. Lidocaine is the most common drug used during dental work, it does cross the placenta after administration. Little anesthesia should be given as little as possible, but still enough to make you feel comfortable. If you are experiencing pain, make sure you request additional numbing.

When seeing your orthodontist at Beauty Smile, make sure you speak up before they start working on your teeth. It’s important to tell them if you are expecting, so they can make sure you are comfortable as possible.

 

Common Issues When Wearing Braces

Having braces is an essential treatment to insure a healthy smile. Braces are intended to fix crooked teeth, protruding teeth, and to realign your smile. There are some advantages and disadvantages to having braces.

  • Broken Brackets- If you experience a broken bracket or it broke, it’s not considered an emergency. This indicates the adhesive failed. Contact your orthodontist as soon as this occurs so you can get it fixed right away.
  • Protruding Wires- Wires could occasionally move out of place, or often resulting in protruding wires. This can cause some discomfort from the poking at cheeks or lips. Put some Orthodontic wax on the area causing pain until your orthodontist can fix it.
  • Mouth Irritation- Having braces can be difficult to get used to. They can often cause soreness and irritation to the lips and cheeks. While you will get used to wearing braces, use the orthodontic wax your orthodontist gives you, this will ease any discomfort you may be experiencing.

Braces can be intimidating, and experiencing these common issues are short lived and not always occur. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to contact your orthodontist.

Beauty Smile Orthodontics is dedicated to giving you a brighter smile for a brighter future. Contact us to schedule your consultation today!