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.

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

(816) 373-0300

3 Tips On How To Care For Your Invisalign Aligners

So, you’ve just got your brand new Invisalign aligners, but now it’s time to make sure you take good care of them. Check out these 3 tips on how to easily maintain your Invisalign clear braces:

1. Eating and Drinking Etiquette – What happens before, during and after you eat and drink will have a major effect on the condition of your Invisalign aligners. They are never to be worn while eating, although they can be worn for drinking. However, it is important to take them out if drinking hot beverages, since the heat can result in warping or damage. Also, remember that Invisalign aligners can easily be discolored by colored drinks, so it is recommended to use a straw when drinking sodas or any other drink that has the capability to stain the aligners. It is always important to put the trays back in after meals, as they are only effective when worn for a sufficient period. Also, ensure that you brush your teeth before putting them in, to safeguard against stains from residual food that may be left in the mouth. Source: Jaklin Bezik

2. Look for signs of calcium build-up – Inspect the retainer for any calcium build-up. Like your teeth, retainers are susceptible to tartar (calculus) build-up. Calcium build-up appears as a cloudy white film on the retainer that is hard to remove with a toothbrush.

If you notice any calcium build-up, soak the retainer in a denture or retainer cleaning solution as instructed on the package. The Invisalign website sells a cleaning product designed specifically for Invisalign retainer called the “Invisalign Cleaning System”. Source: About Health

3. Brush the aligner – Use toothpaste and a soft toothbrush, just as you would when brushing your own teeth. Gently brush away any food particles on both sides of the aligner. Clean it thoroughly. Source: wikiHow

If you have further questions about properly caring for your Invisalign clear aligners, please do not hesitate to contact our orthodontics office located in Lee’s Summit, MO.

Contact:
Lakewood Orthodontics
721 NE Lakewood Blvd
Lee’s Summit, MO 64064
(816) 373-0300

 

 

New Lakewood Orthodontics Site is Live!

Kansas City Orthodontics WebsiteWelcome to the Lakewood Orthodontics blog!

We have just launched our new website and we really hope you like the site. If you’re a current patient of Dr. Ravi Rajanna then we look forward to seeing/hearing from you soon and if you’re checking out our practice for the first time… don’t be shy! Give us a call and we’d be happy to answer ANY questions you might have. If you’re contemplating braces or Invisalign treatment then we’d be happy to schedule you a consultation. Your initial consultation is 100% free and there is no obligation. If you’ve been thinking about straightening your, or your child’s, teeth… then start 2014 off by taking the first step to straighter teeth by scheduling a consultation with Lee’s Summit Orthodontist Dr. Ravi.

Once again, we really hope you like the new look and feel of our site and stay tuned for future updates about Lakewood Orthodontics, braces, Invisalign and anything else we think would help us be of better service to you, your family, Kansas City and our neighbourhood of Lee’s Summit!