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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.
1. Fix Your Smile Problems
Dental braces effectively correct a wide variety of dental issues, including: crooked teeth, gapped teeth, protruding teeth, underbite, cross bite, and overcrowded teeth. Many different types of braces are available including metal braces, ceramic braces, lingual braces, and Invisalign.
2. Avoid Embarrassment
You can straighten your smile discretely. Invisalign is the clear alternative to metal braces for adults, teens, and children. Lingual braces are the same as metal braces, except that the wires and brackets are placed on the back of the teeth. Because the hardware is on the back of the teeth, lingual braces are invisible. Ceramic braces are the same size and shape as metal braces, but they have tooth-colored brackets that blend in with your teeth.
3. Improve Your Appearance
Dental braces can improve your smile and appearance. Dental braces work by applying pressure over a period of time to slowly move your teeth into the desired position. Using a series of aligners, Invisalign treatment gradually moves your teeth toward the smile you have always desired.
4. Eat Whatever You Want
With traditional braces, you have to avoid eating certain foods because they can become stuck next to your teeth. Invisalign aligners can be removed for eating, brushing, flossing, and special occasions. With Invisalign, you're free to eat your favorite foods and never have to worry about your diet damaging your braces.
5. Improve Your Oral Health
A crooked smile can have a negative impact on your oral health. Good oral hygiene is especially important for people wearing dental braces. Crooked teeth are very difficult to clean. Crooked teeth can also cause jaw pain and are sometimes the root of TMJ pain. Dental braces can improve your oral health and prevent oral health problems.
6. Boost Your Self-Esteem
Crooked teeth can affect your self-esteem and cause embarrassment at times. If you have low self-esteem, you may avoid things you find challenging and hide yourself away from social situations. With a straighter smile, you will feel and look better and regain your self-esteem.
Millions of people from all over the world have straightened their smiles with dental braces. Perhaps, it's time you joined them? Don't wait another minute- call Cumberland Dental at (088) 271-6233 today to schedule a consultation in Cumberland Park, SA. Remember, it's never too late to improve your smile.
Orthodontia—that word is quite a mouthful, isn't it? Basically, it means correcting a misaligned smile with braces, aligners, or other types of oral appliances. While 80 percent of orthodontic patients are children (starting between ages 10 and 14, according to the American Association of Orthodontists), forward-looking adults explore the health and aesthetic benefits of braces. At Cumberland Park Dental, Dr. Jack Gaffey offers many types of braces to correct a variety of smile issues. One that could be right for you!
What are braces?
Traditionally, braces have been dental appliances composed of bands, archwires, ligatures, headgear, space maintainers, and more. While these tried and true metal, ceramic, or lingual (tongue-side) appliances have helped millions of people have better-looking and healthier smiles, today's dentists offer additional ways to achieve similar results.
At Cumberland Dental, Dr. Gaffey and his team evaluate patients of all ages to understand their smile alignment and bite issues and to compose treatment plans which achieve desired results in a reasonable time frame. Regardless of the type of appliances used, orthodontia gradually moves teeth into more favorable oral positions, correcting:
- Bite problems, or how the top and bottom teeth come together
- Protruding, rotated, tipped, or missing teeth
- Teeth which have shifted position after braces are moved (orthodontic relapse)
Having a well-aligned smile boosts self-esteem and confidence. It also corrects ear and facial pain, jaw joint dysfunction (TMJ), migraines, and more. Plus, straight teeth have fewer cavities, less gum disease, and are easier to brush and floss.
Your choice of braces
Dr. Gaffey will examine your teeth and gums and take special digital imaging and impressions to determine your course of orthodontic treatment. Many teens and older adults opt for two special kinds of orthodontia—Six Month Smiles and Invisalign.
Six Month Smiles deliver straight teeth in just half a year or so. Special tooth-colored bands and wires move the front teeth only, improving smile aesthetics quickly and comfortably. While not appropriate for complex orthodontic issues, Six Month Smiles are a wonderful cosmetic fix that lasts for simpler problems.
Invisalign clear aligners are one of today's most popular orthodontic systems. Custom-made, smooth, and truly discreet, the 18 to 30 pairs of aligners fit over top and bottom teeth. As patients advance through Dr. Gaffey's treatment plan, they change aligner pairs, get monthly progress checks at Cumberland Park Dental, and in the end, have a healthy, beautiful smile. Invisalign treats many mild to moderate bite and alignment problems.
Only your dentist can tell you for sure if you need braces and what type would benefit your smile. For a personal consultation with Dr. Gaffey, please call Cumberland Park Dental at (088) 271-6233.