If you're the typical parent, you want the best health for your child. At Cumberland Dental in Cumberland Park, SA, Dr. Jack Gaffey and Dr. Angela Gaffey provide a full range of preventive, restorative, and aesthetic dental services, including orthodontic braces. If you're considering braces for your child, here's the information you need to make the right treatment decisions.
What is orthodontia?
It's branch of dentistry specializing in straightening crooked teeth, re-aligning and balancing jaw structure and function, closing smile gaps, and opening overcrowded teeth. Interceptive orthodontics influences the jaw growth and tooth position of very young patients, thus avoiding more invasive and complicated treatment later. The Australian Society of Orthodontists recommends all children receive a comprehensive evaluation between ages eight and 10.
Why should a child get an orthodontic evaluation?
There are many reasons for pediatric braces. You as the parent may already be aware of some of them in your child, or Dr. Jack Gaffey and Dr. Angela Gaffey may see the need for braces as they examine your child during routine check-ups in their Cumberland Park office.
Indicators for orthodontic treatment include:
- Protruding front teeth
- Teeth which appear too large for the mouth
- Impacted adult teeth
- Problems with biting, chewing, breathing or eating
- Consistent snoring
- Teeth which do not close properly
- Early tooth loss due to accident (before age five)
- Consistent thumb-sucking or pacifier habit
What kind of braces are there?
After a complete exam at Cumberland Dental, your dentist will deliver a comprehensive treatment plan to include braces as needed. Kinds of braces include:
- Conventional metal braces
- Lingual (tongue-side) braces
- Ceramic braces (typically tooth-colored)
- Invisalign clear aligners and Six Month smiles for teens and adults
- Space maintainers to keep young teeth in proper position until adult teeth erupt
Life with braces
Good oral hygiene habits keep teeth and gums healthy as your child wears braces. As the parent, it's critical you supervise brushing and flossing. Also, offer healthy food choices--and model them, too. Bring your child to the dental office for routine check-ins through out the course of treatment, and after braces are off, be sure your child wears his or her retaining device to keep that new smile straight and beautiful.
Find out more
Life with braces is a bit challenging. The benefit they provide towards a healthy and happy smile, however, is worth the challenge. Thinking about orthodontic care for your child? Contact Cumberland Dental in Cumberland Park, SA, for a consultation with Dr. Jack Gaffey and Dr. Angela Gaffey. They'll take you and your child through the evaluation process and show you treatment options as needed. Call the office at (088) 271-6233.
Know how to properly care for your smile while wearing braces.
Caring for your teeth and gums when you have braces is so very important. After all, you want to prevent food and bacteria from getting trapped in places that can lead to gum inflammation and decay. From the office of our Cumberland Park, SA, dentists, Dr. Jack Gaffrey and Dr. Angela Gaffrey here are some pointers to help keep your smile healthy throughout the orthodontic treatment process.
How you brush is more important than ever
Brushing is the most effective way to remove food and plaque from the front and back surfaces of your teeth, as well as along the gumline. Of course, now that you have brackets on your teeth you may be wondering how you’re going to brush.
You will still use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to help prevent cavities. Brush in circular motions as you go over the front of your teeth. To get the back surface of your teeth, tilt your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle, using vertical, circular motions to clean each tooth.
Brush your teeth more often
While most people can get away with brushing their teeth only twice a day, if you have braces you will find yourself spending a lot more time keeping those braces clean. It’s important not to neglect regular brushing, as this can lead to cavities. Every time you eat you should be prepared to brush your teeth. If you’re on the go, pack your toothbrush and toothpaste with you to make sure you can brush your teeth no matter where you are.
Yes, you still need to floss
You may be wondering how in the world you’re supposed to floss with brackets and wires, but it’s very important that you still floss your teeth to prevent food and plaque from building up between teeth. Floss threaders are probably the best option for cleaning between teeth and the gums while also preventing damage to the wires.
Our Cumberland, SA, dentists can show you how to properly use floss threaders to make sure you are keeping your gums clean. You may also decide to use an interdental brush, which can also remove food and plaque from around your braces.
Avoid certain foods
Your dentist can provide you with a list of foods that you should avoid to prevent damage to your braces. These include a variety of hard, crunchy, tough and chewy foods including,
- Corn on the cob
- Hard, crusty breads (e.g. baguettes; bagels)
- Whole fruits and veggies (e.g. carrots or apples)
- Chewing gum
Call Cumberland Dental at (08) 8271 6233 to learn more about the types of braces we offer here in Cumberland Park, SA, and how we can improve your smile.
Of course, you know that braces remake personal appearance, but did you also know that orthodontic treatment improves the health of your smile, as well? Here at Cumberland Dental in Cumberland Park, SA, Dr. Jack Gaffrey and Dr. Angela Gaffrey offer a variety of orthodontic treatments to boost both your smile aesthetics and dental health.
More about orthodontics
Orthodontic treatment concerns itself with improving smile alignment, jaw function, and bite balance. The American Dental Association (ADA) says that braces make smiles look better and also reduce the chances of:
- Advanced tooth decay
- Periodontal, or gum disease
- Jaw joint dysfunction (TMJ/TMD)
- Dental abscess or infection
- Tooth loss
- Excessive enamel wear
- Headaches, facial pain, and earaches
While orthodontic treatment is best accomplished when someone is young, older teens and adults can benefit, as well. In fact, one out of every five orthodontic patients is 21 or over, according to the American Association of Orthodontists.
Offered orthodontic services
After a complete oral examination and digital imaging, your dentist will present a treatment plan just right for your smile goals and oral health. At Cumberland Dental, we offer:
- Palatal expanders for young mouths who need more room in their upper and lower arches
- Space maintainers which reserve room for incoming adult teeth
- Conventional metal braces
- Tooth-colored ceramic braces
- Lingual braces bonded to the tongue-side of teeth
- Invisalign clear aligners, the invisible way to straighten teeth comfortably and quickly
- Six-month braces, innovative appliances which re-align teeth in the smile zone at the front of the mouth
Whichever way you go...
Know that your health will improve. Besides avoiding oral health problems, braces impact systemic health, too. After all, straightened teeth are easier to maintain, thus reducing the chances of periodontal disease and its associated bacteria and inflammation. The American Academy of Periodontology reports that this inflammation appears linked to heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and more.
Additionally, a straight smile improves psychological well-being. People with good smile aesthetics generally experience a boost in self-esteem, a boon to both mental and emotional health.
Change your smile
And, improve your life with orthodontic care from Cumberland Dental in Cumberland Park, SA. For a consultation with Dr. Jack Gaffrey or Dr. Angela Gaffrey, please call our office at (08) 8271 6233.
Your best smile begins with orthodontics from Dr. Jack Gaffrey and Dr. Angela Gaffrey at Cumberland Dental in Cumberland Park. Braces come in a variety of styles and configurations, and your dentists will tailor your options to your specific needs. Read on to learn more!
Why choose orthodontia?
The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends children be evaluated for braces by the age of seven. Children's jaws and teeth respond rapidly and very well to correction, with treatment times often being shorter and simpler the earlier a child begins treatment.
That being said, age does not prohibit orthodontic correction. Older teens and adults benefit from braces and clear aligners, too. Anyone of any age who has a crooked smile, poor bite, or badly spaced teeth can experience:
- Tooth decay
- Speech problems
- Gum disease (because teeth and gums are harder to clean)
- Poor self-esteem
- Headaches, earaches, facial pain, and jaw joint dysfunction (TMJ)
So, if you wish to pursue a better-looking, healthier smile that lasts and functions well, ask your Cumberland Park dentist about how traditional braces or clear Invisalign aligners could help you.
Problems addressed by braces or aligners
Whether you wear thin Invisalign aligners or braces—available in metal, ceramic (tooth-colored), and lingual (tongue-side) varieties—your dentist can correct a myriad of smile alignment problems. Treatment with bonded-on traditional braces typically takes two and a half years, while removable aligners move teeth into healthier positions in about a year.
Problems corrected include:
- Tooth tipping
- Congenital absence of teeth
- Tooth rotation
- Overlapping teeth
- Open bite
- Shifted mid-line
Treatment with braces or aligners
When you come to Cumberland Dental for an evaluation, Dr. Gaffrey will examine your teeth, gums, and bone structure. Additionally, you will undergo simple X-ray examination and special three-dimensional scans as needed.
With this information, your dentist will customize your treatment plan to move your teeth gradually into better positions. Usually, when treatment concludes, patients wear removable or bonded-on retainers to ensure their smiles stay well-aligned for the long-term.
Time for a consultation?
If your child is seven years old or older, or if you wish to pursue the orthodontic correction you've always wanted, please contact Cumberland Dental for a personal consultation with one of our expert dentists. You'll learn what your smile needs and how you can achieve it. Call our office in Cumberland Park today at (088) 271-6233.
Invisalign continues to be one of the most popular and desired cosmetic treatments for patients due to its conveniences and its teeth-straightening effectiveness. Read on to learn more about the benefits of Invisalign, and make an appointment with a dentist at Cumberland Dental Laser & Cosmetic in Cumberland Park, SA, to have your teeth aligned.
Straightening Your Smile with Invisalign
When your teeth and gums are in good condition, your dentist can safely shift them so that they are in a better alignment. The traditional method has been metal braces, which use brackets, wires, and rubber bands to adjust your smile. However, since the late 1990s, a solution called Invisalign has been available to certain qualifying patients. Replacing the use of metal hardware, flexible plastic trays are used to make the teeth conform to a better alignment. The process is best for patients who have mild-to-moderate orthodontic issues, such as small gaps or crowding.
Benefits of Invisalign
The clearest benefit of Invisalign is that the plastic trays are not easily visible to others while talking or smiling. While metal braces are immediately noticeable to others and likely to receive a few comments, with Invisalign, the transparent nature of the trays will cause most people to not even notice that you are undergoing orthodontic treatment. Another benefit of Invisalign is that you can easily brush and floss your teeth on a daily basis to ensure the maintaintenance of strong dental health throughout your treatment period with your Cumberland Park, SA, dentist.
Feel Confident in Your Smile
Imagine how freeing and relaxed you’ll feel when you finally have a straightened smile that you can be confident about. Approximately 60% of Australians believe that having a nice smile has a positive effect on your confidence and self-esteem according to Orthodontics Australia. With Invisalign, you’ll be making an investment in your smile that won’t interfere much with your lifestyle.
Call for an Invisalign Consultation
Invisalign is a treatment that can be commenced relatively quickly, but you will need to come in for a consultation and exam to ensure that you’re a good candidate for care. Call (08) 8271 6233 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jack Gaffey or Dr. Angela Gaffey at Cumberland Dental Laser & Cosmetic in Cumberland Park, SA, today!
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