Coastal Bend Health - Orthodontics Coastal Bend Health - Orthodontics en-us Copyright 2014, All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:12:05 GMT Synapse CMS 10 144 25 Why Might My Child Need Two-Phase Treatment? Coastal Bend Health - Orthodontics Wed, 6 Feb 2013 9:24:55 AM From Star Orthodontics

If your child has a malocclusion (bad bite), he or she could benefit from two phases of orthodontic treatment, based on an examination of your child's mouth and study of diagnostic records. The goal of this treatment is to create a better environment for your child's permanent teeth.

Prevent a problem from developing (preventive treatment),
Intercept a developing problem (interceptive treatment),
Guide the growth of the jaw bones that support the teeth (growth modification).

Without this first phase of treatment, your child's problem, if left alone, could create an unhealthy environment for the growth and development of your child's teeth, gums, jaws and face. The treatment will be timed to predictable stages of dental development to provide the greatest potential for improvement and correction of your child's malocclusion (bad bite).

Most patients will require a second phase of treatment, often with traditional braces, to complete the tooth and jaw alignment that was started during the first phase of treatment.

A first phase of treatment benefits patients physically, enabling them to bite or chew more effectively. It may reduce the risk of breaking front teeth that protrude. And for many patients, there is improvement in self-esteem. Younger patients may be more cooperative and follow the orthodontist's instructions on appliance wear and oral hygiene. And the desired changes that result from a first phase treatment may contribute to long-term stability, meaning that teeth stay where the orthodontist has moved them. A second phase of treatment moves permanent teeth into their final positions.

Orthodontic treatment and a child's growth can complement each other. By timing orthodontic treatment to predictable stages of dental development, the orthodontist may be able to take advantage of your child's growth and development. Some problems that can be treated quite well in a growing child may require corrective surgery if treated after growth has occurred.


A proper relationship of teeth and jaws, so that they work correctly,
Correct alignment of the teeth, for a beautiful smile,
Positioning of the teeth and jaws for an attractive face and profile.

Follow instructions for appliance wear,
Keep the appliance, teeth and gums clean by brushing and flossing as prescribed,
Keep scheduled appointments with the orthodontist,
Visit the dentist at least every six months,
Avoid food that may damage the appliance,
Maintain a healthy diet.

Orthodontic care is not a "one size fits all" approach. Each patient has a unique problem that requires a unique treatment plan. What is right for one child may not be right for another. The diagnosis of your child's problem and the treatment plan are the result of study of your child's mouth and diagnostic records.

Achieving healthy, beautiful smiles is a team effort that involves the orthodontist, the family dentist, the patient and parents. Follow the orthodontist's instructions so that teeth and jaws move as desired and on schedule.


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Brush & Floss Well To Avoid Gingivitis And Periodontal Disease Coastal Bend Health - Orthodontics Thu, 19 Jan 2012 11:43:23 AM From Star Orthodontics

Gingivitis is medically classified as "swelling of the gums", which doesn't sound that serious, but it can lead to much more serious conditions and should be treated promptly and effectively at the first sign in order to prevent further complications. Gingivitis is actually an entry level form of periodontal disease, which attacks the gum tissue and eventually works its way to the jaw bone and causes permanent damage, including loss of teeth. If you notice any change in the appearance or sensitivity of your gums or notice bleeding when you floss or brush, you should see your dentist for an exam and cleaning. Gingivitis is easy to treat.....if you have the right plan in place & catch it early! Poor oral hygiene while you have braces can easily result in gingivitis. It's important to stay on top of your oral hygiene - brush & floss daily and see your regular dentist for cleanings.

Periodontal Disease
Periodontal means "around the tooth" and periodontal disease is a chronic bacterial infection that affects the gums and bones supporting the teeth. It begins when plaque causes gums to become inflamed (gingivitis) and can advance to periodontitis when toxins produced by the bacteria in plaque spreads and grows below the gum line. The toxins stimulate a chronic inflammatory response in which the body turns on itself, and the tissues and bone that support the teeth are broken down and destroyed. The infection of your gums along with loss of bone and tissue supporting your teeth can lead to loss of teeth which can cause problems with speaking and eating. Periodontitis is also linked with a higher risk for heart disease and strokes. The damage from periodontitis can be very costly to repair and is easily avoided by practicing good oral hygiene.

Healthy Gums
• Pink
• Tight to teeth
• Scalloped appearance around each tooth

• Swollen
• Bleeding
• Bright Red
• May be tender to the touch

• Gums pull away from teeth
• Loose teeth
• Pus between gums and teeth

Advanced Periodontitis
• Bad breath
• Inflamed gums with pus
• Noticeable decay and loss of bone

Five to Follow:

1) Twice a Day! Brush & floss every morning after breakfast and every night before you go to bed. If you can brush after every meal... GREAT! If you can't, rinse your mouth with water several times throughout the day.

2) Brush ALL tooth surfaces! Get the inner and outer surfaces and the chewing surfaces. Don't just brush the front teeth... get all the way back to the molars!

3) Get the gum line! Hold the toothbrush at a 45° angle and gently brush the area where your gums meet your teeth. Remember, healthy gums don't bleed when you floss and brush.

4) The Two-Minute Rule! Brush for no less than two minutes EVERY time you brush. Insufficient brushing will leave plaque and bacteria behind.

5) Use Proper Pressure! A soft bristle brush with a compact head along with minimal pressure is enough to do the trick. Go slow and use a circular motion across surface areas of every tooth. Brushing too hard can cause loss of enamel and may contribute to a receding gum line.

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Which Retainer Is Right For You? Coastal Bend Health - Orthodontics Thu, 19 Jan 2012 11:31:26 AM From Star Orthodontics

Orthodontic retainers are custom-made appliances, made usually of wires or clear plastic, that hold teeth in position after orthodontic treatment while assisting with the adjustment of the surrounding gums and changes in the bone. There are three different options for retainers and it's important to discuss with your orthodontist which retainer is the best option for you or your child. It's important that you're comfortable with your retainer because, after all, you'll be wearing it for a very long time to ensure your beautiful new smile lasts a lifetime!

Hawley Retainers
These are removable retainers made of a metal wire that surrounds the teeth and is anchored in an acrylic arch that sits in the palate or lingual walls of the mouth. The advantage of this retainer is that the metal wires can be adjusted to finish treatment or move teeth as needed. Hawleys are worn 24 hours a day for the 1st year of retention.

Essix Retainers
These are removable retainers made of a PVC material. This clear or transparent retainer fits over the entire arch of teeth. These retainers are easier to wear and less conspicuous than Hawley retainers, but are more apt to need replacing because the PVC material is prone to breakage and deterioration over time. Essix are worn every night for the first year of retention.

Bonded Retainers
A bonded retainer is not removable, taking some of the responsibility of retainer wear off of the individual. It is a fixed wired bonded to the lingual surface (tongue-side) of the teeth. Typically prescribed where orthodontic treatment has affected great changes in the bite and there is high risk for reversal of these changes. Fixed retainers require meticulous cleaning to maintain oral health.

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Retainers: The Key To Maintaining Your New Smile! Coastal Bend Health - Orthodontics Thu, 19 Jan 2012 11:23:20 AM From Star Orthodontics

After many months of hard work and sacrifice, you finally get your braces off and see your beautiful new smile! Some may think this is the end of their orthodontic treatment, but it's not! The final and arguably the most important step to your orthodontic treatment is retention. Why are retainers necessary? Once we have corrected all dental and skeletal problems, we really want your fabulous results to last! After braces are removed, your teeth are in proper alignment, but gums and bones have not completely settled into their new position. Because of this, it is possible for some teeth to shift back toward their original position. In order to avoid jeopardizing your beautiful final results, we recommend that you wear your retainers as instructed for the first year after braces are removed. However, one year of retainer use is not enough! We strongly advise patients to continue retainer wear at night while sleeping to stabilize teeth... forever! Children and teens will continue to grow and studies have shown that all young adults go through "maturational change" in their early 20s. This growth and change can cause teeth that were previously straight to appear crowded. The most common maturational change is crowding of the lower incisor (front) teeth. Continuing to wear retainers as instructed after orthodontic treatment will stabilize teeth and can prevent most of this change. There are three different types of retainers available. Talk to your orthodontist about which type is best for you or your child. Dr. Robertson and the entire team at Star Orthodontics are so excited when a patient completes treatment and sees their beautiful smile for the first time. We are committed to helping you make that smile last a lifetime! We continue to see patients for the first year after treatment has ended for "retainer checks" to ensure your retainers are fitting properly and teeth have not shifted. After that first year, we're happy to schedule an appointment for you if you have a question or concern about your retainers.

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Popular Energy Drinks Can Cause Permanent Tooth Erosion Coastal Bend Health - Orthodontics Thu, 19 Jan 2012 11:19:31 AM From Star Orthodontics

For the last 10 years, energy drink consumption has been on the rise in the United States, promising consumers more "oomph" in their day. In fact, it is estimated that the energy drink market will reach $10 billion in sales in 2010. Good news for the energy drink companies, but bad news for the oral health of consumers who sometimes daily rely on these drinks for an extra boost! The high acidity of these popular energy drinks and soda contributes to the erosion of tooth enamel. According to a study by the Academy of General Dentistry, popularity of energy drinks is most rapidly growing among adolescents and young adults, putting them most at risk. This age group,s permanent teeth are more susceptible to attack from acids found in energy and soft drinks due to the porous quality of their immature tooth enamel. The damage caused by these drinks can lead to irreversible decalcification and other severe dental issues. Drink responsibly for your oral health!

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Decalcification: What Is It And How Can It Be Prevented? Coastal Bend Health - Orthodontics Thu, 19 Jan 2012 11:16:18 AM From Star Orthodontics

Decalcification reveals itself as white spots or white areas on the surface of your teeth and is the earliest form of decay resulting from both a poor oral hygiene and a diet rich in sugar & acid. Once you have decalcification spots on your teeth, they are permanent scars and the damage cannot he reversed. Poor oral hygiene leads to plaque build up on your teeth and when you consume food and beverages high in sugar~ the plaque on your teeth consumes the dietary sugars and produces acids that cause the tooth enamel to weaken. The acidic plaque actually begins to leech the calcium from the enamel~ thus the term "decalcification~~.Calcium is what makes the enamel on your teeth strong and without it~ the enamel becomes soft~ leaving your teeth severely weakened and susceptible to cavities. Drinking acidic beverages such as soda~ sports drinks~ and energy drinks intensifies the decalcification process. Individuals with braces are more at risk because it is more difficult to properly clean the teeth.

Follow these tips to avoid ruining your beautiful new smile!

Prevention Tips:

• Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste
• Floss at least once a day
• See your dentist for regular cleanings (at least every 6 months)
• Avoid sugary or starchy snacks
• BEWARE! Carbonated soft drinks are full of sugar and acids that quickly erode tooth enamel
• Sports drinks & energy drinks are also another major culprit of decalcification so limit consumption & avoid slow sipping these acidic beverages over a long period of time!
• Use a straw positioned at the back of the mouth so that sugary and acidic liquids avoid the teeth
• Rinse the mouth with water after drinking acidic beverages

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Don't Forget To Floss Coastal Bend Health - Orthodontics Thu, 19 Jan 2012 11:11:51 AM From Star Orthodontics

Why should you floss your teeth every day?

Brushing alone only cleans 65% of the surfaces where harmful bacteria grows. The other 35% can only be cleaned by flossing!

1. Avoid cavities - bacteria in your mouth consumes the left over food particles & produces acid which eats into your tooth enamel, creating a cavity. The only way to rid your mouth of ALL of the acid producing bacteria is to brush AND floss daily. Flossing is the only way to get the bacteria that lives between the teeth and along the gumline.... surfaces you can't reach with a toothbrush!

2. Prevent heart disease - studies show that the bacteria that forms in your mouth is the same bacteria that causes heart disease. If you don't floss, the bacteria that forms along your gumline causes infection and inflammation that allows bacteria to enter your bloodstream and have easier access to your heart. Oral infections can also contribute to strokes & diabetes.

3. Have better breath - bacteria that grows in your mouth produces a rancid scent... and no one likes to talk to a person with bad breath.

4. Stop gingivitis - when you don't floss it leads to build up of plaque and tartar on all of the spots your toothbrush can't reach. This greatly increases your chance to develop gingivitis & periodontal disease (gum disease) which can lead to very expensive dental restorations due to extreme decay, bone loss, and tooth loss.

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Top 10 Reasons To Have Wisdom Teeth Removed Coastal Bend Health - Orthodontics Thu, 19 Jan 2012 11:07:12 AM From Star Orthodontics

Called "wisdom teeth" because they emerge later in life, the upper and lower third molars generally cause problems because there is not enough room in the mouth for them to erupt, or break through the gum, into a normal position. As a result, these molars are often left impacted in the gum or jawbone. Impacted teeth can lead to a variety of problems including pain, infection, crowding, or damage to adjacent teeth, and can contribute to more significant health problems.

10. Limited space for wisdom teeth to erupt can lead to infection and inflammation that can spread to other teeth.

9. Oral inflammation associated with wisdom teeth may contribute to preterm or low birth weight infants.

8. Fully erupted wisdom teeth rarely provide meaningful use and are difficult to keep clean.

7. Impacted wisdom teeth may develop associated cysts and/or tumors that could require extensive procedures to remove & repair jaw function and appearance.

6. Chance of complications related to the removal of wisdom teeth increases with age.

5. Gum disease and inflammation associated with wisdom teeth may lead to receding gum tissues, deterioration of the jawbone and tooth loss.

4. Full eruption of wisdom teeth may lead to crowding of nearby teeth.

3. Even wisdom teeth that seem to be problem-free remain a breeding ground for oral infection & inflammation. This inflammation can enter the bloodstream and contribute to the development or progression of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

2. Wisdom teeth removed at an early age allows for easier and faster recovery.

1. PEACE OF MIND & a healthy SMILE!

*Source American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

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