3 Signs You Need Braces

There are several signs that might indicate that you need an orthodontic treatment such as braces. In this article we’ll discuss 3 of those signs, including: crowded or crooked teeth, space or bite problems and recommendations from a dentist or orthodontist.

Below are 3 signs that you might need braces:

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Crowded or Crooked Teeth

These are called malocclusions. Warning signs include teeth that look as though they’re sitting sideways, teeth that overlap each other, and teeth that protrude significantly farther than the surrounding teeth. Crowding is the most common issue addressed by braces. To determine whether your teeth are crowded, you can use dental floss. If floss is very difficult to slide between teeth, your teeth may be crowded too closely together. Source: WikiHow

Space Bite Problems

Most orthodontic problems are genetic, meaning you inherited your space or bite problems. Others develop over time due to thumb- or finger-sucking, mouth breathing, dental decay, accidents, or poor nutrition. Or there is not enough room in the jaws for the teeth so they become crowed or crooked, or the jaws don’t line up properly. Source: DeltaDental

Dentist or Orthodontist Recommendations

The stimulus to seek orthodontic treatment can come from you or your dentist. Your dentist may recommend braces if he notices conditions in your mouth that are unhealthy. These conditions may include not being able to clean the teeth due to their alignment, abnormal or excessive wear, or inappropriate function. You also may have other dental problems that he could better correct if your teeth were straighter. On the other hand, you may be the one who feels you that you need treatment. Source: RealSelf

If you want to learn more about how we can help with orthodontic treatments, please give us a call or contact us here.

Lakewood Orthodontics
721 NE Lakewood Blvd
Lee’s Summit, MO 64064

(816) 373-0300

3 Tips on How to Keep Your Teeth & Braces Clean

As you know keeping your teeth clean is important for the health of your teeth and gums. Improper dental hygiene can result in tooth decay, gingivitis, and other undesirable results. Braces are necessary to correct many situations, but they do make the cleaning of teeth significantly more difficult.  Below are 3 tips on how to keep your teeth and braces clean:

1. Avoid certain foods – While wearing braces, most foods can still be eaten if you cut them into small pieces that can be easily chewed. There are certain foods, however, that can break or loosen braces and should be avoided, such as:

  • Hard or tough-to-bite foods, such as apples or bagels
  • Chewy foods, such as taffy or caramels
  • Corn on the cob
  • Hard pretzels, popcorn, nuts, and carrots

In addition, do not chew ice or bubble gum. Source: WebMD

2. Flossing your teeth with braces – For areas between the teeth that a toothbrush can’t reach, use dental floss to remove food particles and plaque. Flossing takes more time and patience when you are wearing braces, but it is important to floss your teeth every day.

Use the reusable floss threader provided by our office to floss under your archwire daily. Pull a small length of floss from the dispenser through the threader and slide it up and down along the front of each tooth. You will be able to feel when the tooth is clean and hear the squeak of the floss against your clean teeth.

Use care around your archwire and do not floss too forcefully around it or put too much pressure on it. After you floss between your archwire and braces, floss between your other teeth and gums.

If you are flossing without the floss threader, pull a small length of floss from the dispenser. Wrap the ends of the floss tightly around your middle fingers. Guide the floss between all teeth to the gum line, pulling out food particles or plaque. Unwrap clean floss from around your fingers as you go, so that you have used the floss from beginning to end when you finish. Floss behind all of your back teeth.

Floss at night to make sure your teeth are clean before you go to bed. When you first begin flossing around your braces, your gums may bleed a little. If the bleeding does not go away after the first few times, inform a staff member at your next appointment. Source: Alborzi

3. Minimize sugary foods – Foods and drinks such as cake, candy, ice cream, pie, and soda don’t do your teeth any favors. Make sure you brush and floss after you eat foods or drink beverages high in sugar. There are also sugar-neutralizing toothpastes available, see if it’s okay to use this type of paste on your braces. Source: wikiHow

For additional information about keeping your teeth and braces clean, please contact our office. We’re always here to help!

Lakewood Orthodontics
721 NE Lakewood Blvd
Lee’s Summit, MO 64064
United States

3 Different Types of Dental Braces

Braces have come a long way in recent years! If it’s been some time since you looked into orthodontic technology, you may be surprised at what is available today. Here at Lakewood Orthodontics we offer a variety of different orthodontics treatments, including: clear braces, metal braces, surgical orthodontics and Invisalign. Below are 3 different types of braces, please let us know if you have any questions about which braces are best for your situation!

1. Metal braces/Traditional braces – These are the metal brackets and wires that most people picture when they hear the word “braces.” However, modern brackets are smaller and less noticeable than the notorious “metal-mouth” braces than many adults remember. Plus, new heat-activated archwires use your body heat to help teeth move more quickly and less painfully than in the past. Source: Oral-B

2. Ceramic braces – Ceramic braces cost more than stainless steel versions, but they’re made to blend in with the teeth so they aren’t as visible. You can choose between clear elastic ties or white metal ties to hold the braces in place.

Though the braces themselves won’t stain, the ties can easily discolor, especially if you consume foods or drinks that typically stain teeth, such as coffee. Your orthodontist will replace the ties every time he or she adjusts the braces, which is usually every month.

Ceramic braces are more sensitive and can easily break or chip. They require more maintenance and more time to install than metal braces, which increases overall treatment time and cost. Source: Angies List

3. Smart brackets – Smart brackets are the latest technology in braces. Intended to function as a braces system that provides measurements and information which can help reduce the total amount of time that the braces are worn. Source: I Get Braces

Contact our Kansas City / Lee’s Summit orthodontic office for more information about different types of braces available or to book a consultation.

Lakewood Orthodontics
721 NE Lakewood Blvd
Lee’s Summit, MO 64064
United States