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By Madera Family Dental Care
April 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   orthodontics  

Straighter teeth are an obvious advantage of wearing braces, but orthodontic treatment also provides a few benefits you may not have bracesconsidered. Madera, CA, dentist Dr. Ahmed ElSayed explains how braces improve your oral health.

Orthodontic treatment may decrease your cavity risk

Thorough brushing and flossing helps prevent cavities due to plaque buildup. Unfortunately, removing the bacterial film isn't always so easy if your teeth are crooked and overlap. If toothbrush bristles or floss can't penetrate the tight spaces, plaque will flourish and begin to eat away at your tooth enamel, causing tooth decay. Braces realign your teeth, eliminating overlapping areas that harbor plaque.

Eating is easier when your teeth are aligned

Eating can become a very difficult experience if your teeth don't align properly when you chew. Any type of bite problem, including overbites, underbites, crossbites, and open bites, can result in biting and chewing difficulties. If your bite problem is severe, you may find yourself swallowing food whole, which can lead to choking or gastrointestinal issues. Orthodontic treatment in our Madera, CA, office corrects bite issues, making mealtime much more pleasant.

Straightening your teeth can prevent damage to your mouth and teeth

Lacerations, gum erosion, and enamel damage are also consequences of bite problems. When your teeth don't fit together as they should, you may notice cuts or sores in your mouth, or might experience jaw stiffness, neck pain, headaches or temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ). Correcting your bite with braces helps you avoid these painful problems.

Braces may help reduce tooth injuries

Protruding teeth are more likely to be damaged if you experience a blow to the face, fall and strike your mouth or are in a car accident. Even small protrusions can increase the risk of tooth trauma. Depending on the extent of the damage, you may need bonding, crowns, or root canal therapy to repair your damaged tooth. If damage is severe, you may even lose a tooth due to trauma. Fortunately, braces not only improve the alignment of your teeth, but also ensure that teeth that stick out are gradually re-positioned.

Would you like to improve your smile with braces? Call Madera, CA, dentist Dr. Ahmed ElSayed at (559) 661-4114 to schedule an appointment.

By Madera Family Dental Care
December 06, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics  

What makes an attractive smile? Of course, shiny, straight and defect-free teeth are a big factor. But there’s another equally important element: all your teeth have come in.

Sometimes, though, they don’t: one or more teeth may remain up in the gums, a condition known as impaction.¬†And if they’re in the front like the upper canines (the pointed teeth on either side of the front four incisors) your smile’s natural balance and symmetry can suffer.

Impaction usually happens due to lack of space on a small jaw. Previously erupted teeth crowd into the space of teeth yet to come in, preventing them from doing so. As a result the latter remain hidden within the gums.

While impaction can interfere with the smile appearance, it can cause health problems too. Impacted teeth are at higher risk for abscesses (localized areas of infection) and can damage the roots of other teeth they may be pressing against. That’s why it’s desirable for both form and function to treat them.

We begin first with an orthodontic examination to fully assess the situation. At some point we’ll want to pinpoint the impacted teeth’s precise location and position. While x-rays are useful for locating impacted teeth, many specialists use cone beam CT (CBCT) technology that produces highly detailed three-dimensional images viewable from different vantage points.

If the tooth is in too extreme a position, it might be best to remove it and later replace it with a dental impact or similar restoration once we’ve completed other necessary orthodontic treatment. But if the tooth is in a reasonable position, we might be able to “move” the tooth into its proper place in the jaw in coordination with these other tooth-movement efforts to make room for it.

To begin this process, an oral surgeon or periodontist surgically exposes the tooth crown (the normally visible portion) through the gums. They then bond a small bracket to the crown and attach a small gold chain. An orthodontist will attach the other end to orthodontic hardware that will exert downward pressure on the tooth to gradually bring it into normal position.

Dealing with impacted teeth of this nature is often part of a comprehensive effort to correct the bite. If we’re successful, it could permanently transform both the smile and overall dental health.

If you would like more information on treating impacted teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Exposing Impacted Canines.”

By Madera Family Dental Care
June 20, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   orthodontics  

Discover the different orthodontic treatment options and which one might be ideal for your needs.braces, orthodontics

Have you wanted to straighten your smile for a while now but not sure the best way to do it? There are so many options available that it can sometimes be difficult to know which one is the best approach. Let our Madera, CA, family dentist, Dr. Ahmed Elsayed, help you. Here are some of the most common types of braces and who might be an ideal candidate.

Traditional Braces

These are certainly not your childhood braces anymore. They may get a bad rap but they have become sleeker and lighter than they used to be, which means that you won’t have the same bulkiness that you remember your peers sporting. Of course, you’ll still have metal on your teeth but these braces work efficiently to handle a variety of complex tooth movements to realign and straighten your smile.

This isn’t just a great option for children and teens, adults dealing with complicated tooth movements can also benefit.

Ceramic Braces

If you are willing to spend a bit more on your orthodontic treatment then you can get traditional braces that use tooth-colored brackets and wires made from ceramic rather than metal. Of course, it’s important that the wearer continues to maintain the best oral health, as it’s much easier for these tooth-colored materials to stain. A good candidate will be someone who is dedicated to keeping their teeth clean and stain-free.

Clear Aligners

This has become a popular orthodontic option, and our Madera dentist has straightened quite a few smiles with clear, removable orthodontics. These aligners look similar to whitening trays but each aligner is customized just to fit your teeth. You can even remove them prior to eating, or brushing and flossing your teeth. You’ll also need to replace your aligners every two weeks with the next set in your treatment plan.

An ideal candidate is a teen or adult who wants to discreetly straighten their smile but who is still dedicated to wearing their aligners anywhere from 20 to 22 hours out of the day.

Whether you have questions about the orthodontic services we offer in Madera, CA, or you want to schedule an orthodontic consultation with us don’t hesitate to turn to Madera Family Dental for all of your dental needs.

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