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 very difficult for you to lay on your back for long periods of time. If any major dental work has to be done, try to postpone it after birth.

Medications That Are Used During Dental Work

When you are expecting, it’s very 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 that is 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 that is 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!

When To See Your Orthodontics

Are you experiencing any dental issues or bite abnormalities? If you have one of these conditions, it might be time to schedule an appointment with Beauty Smile Orthodontics, to talk about braces. Ask yourself these questions.

  • Are your teeth protruding, or sticking out?
  • Are your teeth overlapping each other when you bite?
  • Are you able to notice too much or too little space between your teeth? Notice any gaps or crowding?
  • Do your midlines line up? Do you have a line between both top and bottom teeth?

There is no such thing as a having a ‘perfect’ bite or smile, there are however guidelines that can help identify the normal limits of a healthy smile. If your teeth start to fall out of these guidelines, your orthodontist can help align and reposition your teeth for you. The solution can be found in braces, jaw surgery, clear aligners or any other combination that is proven by your orthodontist.

Beauty Smile Orthodontics wants to help you achieve a brighter and healthy smile. Contact us at Beauty Smile to schedule a consultation or for more information today!

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Braces Myths: What Is True And What Is False?

There are a lot of myths out there about braces, which can often be a cause for concern for patients looking to invest in a straight smile. In order to clear up these myths, Dr. Alamir and Beauty Smile Orthodontics wants to help you better understand what is fact and what is fiction.

Only kids can wear braces. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, 20% of all orthodontic patients are adults, making braces not just for kids. One can never outgrow the benefits of orthodontic treatments, especially if you have crooked teeth, alignment or bite issues.

You are not allowed to play sports or play an instrument with braces. Simply because you are undergoing orthodontic treatments, does not mean that you cannot still participate in extracurricular activities. When playing sports, a protective mouth guard to can protect your teeth, with our without braces. And while the physical structure of braces might make playing certain instruments a bit more difficult, it simply takes just a little practice in order to get back into the hang of it.

The tighter the braces, the faster the treatment. Some patients think that increasing the tightness of braces will make their teeth straighten faster, decreasing the time spent wearing them. However, this is not the case at all. While you will be required to have tightenings during your treatment, too much force can damage your teeth, as well as the surrounding tissues, which may lead to more time spent wearing braces.

Braces are embarrassing and unattractive. With the variety of braces available today, you do not have to worry about your orthodontic treatment being unattractive. Traditional braces, which have improved aesthetically over time, clear aligners, clear ceramic braces, and lingual braces are just a few of the treatment options that can both straighten your teeth, as well as giving you a confident smile.

After your braces, your teeth will be straight forever. Unfortunately, this is a myth. Since your teeth are connected to your mouth with fibers, these elastic fibers will shift and move, often trying to move your teeth back to their original positions, even after your braces come off.  In order to prevent this from happening, you will likely need to wear an orthodontic retainer that has been made specifically for your smile.

Beauty Smile Orthodontics wants to help you achieve a brighter smile, for a brighter future. Contact us at Beauty Smile to schedule a consultation or for more information today!

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Early Orthodontics: Warning Signs Your Child May Need Treatment

When it comes to early orthodontic treatments, there are often some warning signs to look out for when determining if your child might need to seek orthodontic treatment from Dr. Alamir and Beauty Smile Orthodontics.

1. Thumb sucking issues: While thumb sucking is often a normal way for a young child to soothe and comfort themselves, it is important that they have eliminated this habit by the time they are around the age of 4. If left untreated, your child could cause the teeth to be pushed out too far, causing the jaw to grow in the wrong direction, often causing speech problems.

2. Underbite issues: When the upper jaw is not growing at the same rate as the lower jaw, an underbite can develop, often causing a variety of major orthodontic issues, which can result in extensive orthodontic work, possibly even surgery.

3. Protruding teeth: Whether this issue has occurred due to a thumb or finger sucking habit, or is growth related, the biggest issue that children with protruding teeth may suffer from is a broken or cracked tooth. This can result in extensive dental work, often into adulthood, as well as cause extreme wear on their back teeth and cause jaw issues down the road.

4. Crowded teeth: This is a common orthodontic issue, often occurring when the jaw is too small and narrow. With the use of an orthodontic appliance, often called a palatal expander, we can make room for adult teeth, without the need for extractions.

5. Snoring and teeth grinding: These orthodontic issues are associated with a variety of things such as bad bites, narrow arches, crowded teeth, and poor habits. Early orthodontic treatments not only help to provide children with the ability to have a healthier mouth and smile, but with the ability to breathe and sleep better as well.

If you are interested in learning more about our early orthodontic treatments for your child, contact Beauty Smile Orthodontics today.

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Tips To Make Living With Braces Easier

Living with braces can be hard, especially when you have to learn to adapt to things such as caring for them, cleaning them, and eating with them. However, there are several ways you can make living with braces easier.

Stick to a Cleaning Schedule: Proper oral hygiene is essential when wearing braces, especially since food and bacteria can build up between the brackets and your teeth. This is why it is so important that you are not only brushing after every meal,  but flossing regularly, at least once a day. By developing a regular routine, you will help to ensure your mouth is staying clean and healthy.

Avoid Dangerous Foods: Yes, it may be tempting to indulge in those foods that you were advised to avoid while wearing braces. However, these foods are considered dangerous for a reason. Foods like that are sticky, crunchy, and hard,  damaging brackets and wires. These damages will, in turn,  delay your overall treatment time and potentially lead to costly repairs.

Protect your Mouth: If you play sports while wearing your braces, it is important that you are providing special protection with a mouthguard. This will keep your braces intact and working like they should, protecting teeth from excessive force and impact.

Have your Orthodontist’s Information on Hand: It is totally normal for patients to experience the occasional orthodontic emergency. Whether you have a broken bracket, your wire is poking your mouth, or your appliance feels lose, it is always a good idea to ensure you have your orthodontists’ information available so you can call immediately when experiencing these issues.

It may seem like wearing braces takes forever. However, remember that it is a very short amount of time to sacrifice in order to achieve a brighter, healthier smile, that can last a lifetime. For more information, or to schedule your consultation, contact Beauty Smile Orthodontics today!

Tips to Help You Remember Your Retainer

Remembering to wear your retainer at night can be difficult, especially when you have many things on your mind, or you are simply wiped out from your busy day. While going one night without your retainer is no big deal, going weeks or even months at a time can cause serious dental issues down the road.

When you don’t wear your retainer, your teeth have the ability to shift back to their original positions prior to your braces treatment. In order to help, Dr. Alamir and Beauty Smile Orthodontics has some helpful tips that can help you to remember to wear your retainer every night.

  • Set an Alarm: Setting an alarm on your phone, computer, alarm clock, or your watch is a very effective way to remind yourself that it’s time to put your retainer in.
  • Make a Note: Placing visible notes up around your rooms, such as on your bathroom mirror or your nightstand, will help to remind you to wear your retainer, especially when you are getting ready for bed.
  • Ask for Reminders: If you are a visual learner, writing down the instructions and setting a schedule for your retainer can help you to better retain that information. This will help you to remember not only how to care for it, but when to wear it as well.
  • Clean your Retainer Regularly: Having a regular cleaning schedule can help you to remember to wear your retainer, especially since no one wants to wear a dirty one.
  • Keep your Retainer where you will Notice It: Not only is it important that you keep your retainer in its case to prevent losing it, but it can be helpful in reminding you to wear it, especially when you are leaving the case where you will notice it before you go to bed.
  • Understand the Consequences of not Wearing Your Retainer: By asking your orthodontist or doing some research for examples of how your teeth can shift when retainers are not properly used, you will have a greater understanding of the gravity of wearing retainers.

If you have questions regarding your dental health or need assistance of any kind, contact Beauty Smile Orthodontics for more information today!

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Diagnosing Common Bite Issues

Bite issues can play a huge role in the need for braces. Here are common bite issues and the problems one can suffer from when left untreated.

Overbite

Do your front teeth stick out further than your bottom teeth? If so, then you may be suffering from an overbite. While the severity of an overbite can differ from one person to another, there are several issues an overbite can cause, such as the following:

  • Rick of trauma to the front teeth
  • Increased likeliness of fracturing the front teeth in the case of an injury
  • Increased potential of dental work, such as cosmetic fillings, crowns, and veneers

Underbite

Are your upper front teeth behind your lower front teeth when you bite? If so, then you are suffering from an underbite, which is usually due to disproportionate jaw size, often causing the following issues:

  • Imbalanced facial appearance
  • Accelerated facial aging
  • Biting and chewing issues

Crossbite

Are your upper teeth behind your lower opposing teeth when you bite down? If so, then you are likely suffering from a crossbite. Crossbites can cause a variety of problems when left untreated, including the following:

  • Excessive wear of teeth
  • Recession of the gums in the affected teeth
  • Inability to restore fractured or worn teeth
  • Asymmetric jaw growth

Open Bite

Do your front teeth not touch when you bite down? If so, then you may be suffering from an open bite. With this type of bite, you may likely experience issues such as the following:

  • Difficulty biting
  • Speech issues, such as a lisp

 

When you bite isn’t properly aligned, you may experience discomfort, difficulty chewing, or even, in rare cases, suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD.

Regardless of whether you have a crossbite, underbite, open bite, or overbite, it is important to correct the issues before you experience any other major dental health issues. Contact Beauty Smile Orthodontics today for help with any of your orthodontic needs.

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Your Child And Braces: Questions To Ask

When it comes to kids and braces, many parents have genuine concerns. This is why it is important to ask your orthodontist questions before you decide that braces are right for your child.

In order to help you better understand what you should be asking, Beauty Smile Orthodontics is sharing the most commonly asked questions when it comes to your child and braces.

1. How can I tell if my child needs braces? Unfortunately, there is no visible answer to this question, making a visit to the orthodontist the only way to determine this answer. If your child’s teeth are crooked, overly crowded, losing teeth too soon, or has a poor bite, then these can be indicators that your child requires an orthodontist’s evaluation.

2. How old do you have to visit the orthodontist? There are no specific age requirements when it comes to visiting the orthodontist. However, according The American Association of Orthodontists and the American Dental Association, it is recommended that kids be evaluated by the age of 7 years.

3.  What type of braces are best for my child? If your orthodontist has determined that braces are necessary, then they will work with you to decide what type of braces or orthodontic treatment is right for your child’s needs. There are a variety of options to choose from when it comes to braces, including the following:

  • Traditional Metal Braces
  • Clear (Ceramic) Braces
  • Clear Aligners
  • Lingual (Hidden) Braces

4. How long will my child have to wear braces? While the answer to this question depends on a variety of factors, including your child’s specific needs, the average amount of treatment time for braces is around two years.

5. Is it ever too late to straighten those teeth? According to the American Association of Orthodontists, 1 in 5 new orthodontic patients is an adult, so no matter what your age, braces are often a great solution to a happier, healthier smile.

Beauty Smile Orthodontics wants to help you achieve a brighter smile, for a brighter future. For more information, or to get started on your orthodontic treatment plan, contact us today.

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The Advantages & Disadvantages of Lingual Braces

Many patients choose to not get braces because they don’t want them to be visible. However, with the variety of orthodontic options out there, there should be no more excuses if visibility is your biggest concern, especially when it comes to lingual braces.

What Are The Advantages Of Lingual Braces?

Since lingual braces are worn behind the teeth, there are several advantages to choosing this option, including:

  • Lingual braces are ideal for the correction of more complex movements.
  • Lingual braces are more aesthetically and cosmetically appealing, especially for adults.
  • Lingual braces, as well as the wires, are customized to fit each individual’s mouth.
  • Since lingual braces are worn on the backside of the teeth, the likeliness of stains being left behind is non-existent.

What Are The Disadvantages Of Lingual Braces?

As with all orthodontic appliances, there are also several disadvantages to wearing lingual braces, such as the following:

  • Lingual braces are more complicated to install, requiring an orthodontist that has received specialized training in lingual braces, such as Dr. Alamir.
  • Since lingual braces are customized to each individual, they often require a longer treatment time due to the time it takes to manufacture them.
  • Lingual braces can be more expensive than other alternatives.
  • Since lingual braces are attached to the backside of the teeth, the tongue may have a hard time adjusting and they may also affect speech.
  • Lingual braces are more difficult to keep clean.

Beauty Smile Orthodontics’ Dr. Alamir specializes in a variety of braces for adults, and children alike. Contact us for more information on how we can help you achieve a brighter smile, for a brighter future.