Wednesday, July 29, 2015
PopSugar.com Beauty correspondent Anna Monette Roberts is one of those people who aren’t so fortunate as to have a “perfect” set of teeth; the ones you usually see on Hollywood A-Listers when they flash a smile on the red carpet. She has an open bite, which means 20 out of her 24 teeth have significant space between them even if she bites down. She was first advised to undergo jaw surgery 10 years ago and another set of braces to fully correct her situation, but she put it off due to various reasons. Now, her orthodontist has recommended that she try Invisalign—a new solution for crooked teeth. Invisalign is meant to correct crooked teeth without the need for surgery while also forgoing the metal wires in traditional braces. Before you make a decision, however, you need to know a few important things.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Sleep is golden. It lets your body rest and recuperate from the strain of the day. If you’ve been waking up still feeling tired despite having slept fully (8 to 10 hours, ideally), then you might need to consult with a local Davis, CA orthodontist like Robert Kelleher, DDS. It’s possible you might be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a sleep disorder which affects roughly 24 percent of adult men and 9 percent of women. Connected to Memory Loss? Sleep apnea needs urgent treatment because it’s a serious form of sleep disorder: various studies have found that it is linked to an increased risk of developing cognitive impairment or even Alzheimer’s disease. Patients with sleep apnea have muscles around the throat that inadvertently relax while they’re sleeping, which can easily block the airways and make breathing a chore.
Friday, June 19, 2015
The emphasis on maintenance of braces is almost as important to successful orthodontic outcomes as choosing the right doctor to perform orthodontic care. Dr. Robert Kelleher, DDS, an orthodontist in Folsom, CA, believes that education on what patients should look for during treatment is pivotal to success. An Italian study, published in Progress in Orthodontics, revealed that certain ways of attaching brackets to the teeth contribute to the development of plaque deposits which can gradually compromise the cohesion of the adhesive. Coupled with an issue of infrequent maintenance, the danger of increased expenses and costs of multiple visits to reattach the braces can come into play.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
As children grow up and their teeth come in, some kids inherently have things adversely affecting their teeth, perhaps requiring preventive orthodontic treatment. Avery Hurt of Better Homes and Gardens states that orthodontic treatment for kids may be necessary to prevent other oral issues from escalating or ever taking place. The American Association of Orthodontists claims that up to 45% of children should wear braces to correct problems with oral function, although there are some who suggest more of a “wait-and-see” approach. If you notice that your child’s teeth are out of alignment, you probably need to have them examined by an orthodontist in your area. Or, if you live near Davis, CA, Dr. Robert Kelleher, DDS, a highly trained orthodontist, can provide you objective guidance on these kinds of problems.
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Smile and the world will smile back at you. Smiling has the power to transform how you feel and how people feel about you. It can lighten a room and turn an unfriendly environment into a vibrant one. However, not everyone is lucky enough to have a beautiful smile. Even in Folsom, California, a nice affluent community, you’ll see a lot of people who hold back their smiles because of dental imperfections.
Friday, April 17, 2015
You might wonder if the dentist in Davis, California you consulted about your cavities can be the same dentist you could best receive orthodontic care from. It depends on the severity of your case. While most dentists are legally licensed to provide orthodontic treatment, in many cases, it is better to get orthodontic treatment from a specialty-trained orthodontist, especially for bite problems (malocclusions). Orthodontists are specialized dentists with years of training only in malocclusions, some of which are quite complicated. Orthodontists also are trained to recognize and treat cases requiring surgically-assisted orthodontic care. This is 2-3 years training beyond what a general dentist receives in dental school or their continuing education. There’s an appreciable difference between an orthodontist and a dentist performing orthodontics.
Monday, March 23, 2015
Metropolitan areas and other bustling cities are awake and moving 24/7, and many individuals are staying up longer than they used to. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 20 percent of Americans report that they get less than six hours of sleep on average. Considering the effects of fatigue on the human body, it goes without saying that lack of sleep is dangerous. People suffer from lack of sleep due to a lot of factors. One of the reasons for sleep deprivation, however, is not the hustle and bustle of our modern life; rather, it can be found at home: sleep apnea. The effects of this condition can be life-threatening to the sufferer. Sleep apnea is a condition characterized by repetitive stoppage of breathing while asleep, resulting in a mild to loud snoring sound. The snoring can last for hours without the sufferer even noticing, but something which their bedmates can hear clearly.
Friday, March 20, 2015
In dentistry, it is preferable to provide a treatment that works with the patients existing structure before considering pulling teeth. An article on the Dentistry IQ website dated July 15, 2014 features such a treatment, wherein a dentist opted to treat a patient with impacted teeth by electing to pull the affected teeth into proper place by way of dental appliances. The article stresses that a skilled dentist is needed to perform such a delicate procedure:
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
It used to be that you needed to wear metal braces, even if you had a moderate case of teeth misalignment, to achieve a beautiful smile. Such a cumbersome appliance, however, can affect a person’s appearance and interfere with everyday functions like speaking and chewing. These days, an orthodontist in Folsom, CA, Dr. Robert Kelleher can now attach ‘invisible’ plastic aligners that get your teeth straightened withoutthe awkwardness traditionally associated with braces. Invisible braces such as Invisalign® use a custom-made series of aligners consisting of smooth, comfortable plastic that is worn over the teeth. There are none of those metal brackets or wires that come with regular braces. The clear "braces" (aligner trays) gradually and gently shift teeth into place, just as regular braces would do.
Monday, March 9, 2015
Sleep apnea is a type of sleep disorder that happens as a result of a blockage in the airway, which leads to interrupted breathing. Typically, an apnea sufferer stops breathing repeatedly during sleep, which deprives the brain of oxygen and can lead to a host of medical conditions. If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to a variety of problems such as stroke, heart failure, diabetes, and high blood pressure. On the other hand, according to the CDC, treatment of existing medical problems such as nasal obstruction and congestive heart failure may help resolve sleep apnea symptoms.
Saturday, March 7, 2015
Braces are made with brackets, springs and wires; materials that are prone to attracting bits and pieces of food. Some foods tend to get stuck in between teeth and braces, and getting them out can be tough. While a skilled orthodontist in Folsom, CA will be able to provide you with sturdy, high-quality braces, constantly snacking on the wrong types of food can make the braces loosen and break over time. People with braces would do best to avoid hard, tough, and sticky foods and opt for softer ones instead. Soft foods and the practice of cutting food into smaller pieces will make chewing much easier, making them less likely to cause damage on the braces in your mouth.
Friday, March 6, 2015
Wouldn’t it be nice if all our permanent teeth came in straight? For a lucky few that is case, but for many of us our permanent teeth are off-alignment, which can result in the need to wear braces. Even adults approaching middle age may face such a situation: Robyn Gautchy of the SE Missourian said as much of a 40-year-old mother decided to get braces after her own daughter did at their preferred orthodontist. Studies show that many Americans over 18 years old wear braces, with a significant percentage of them well into adulthood. If you or a loved one have lived with crooked teeth over the years because you were unable to straighten them with braces when you were younger, it’s never too late and you’re never too old to make it happen with an orthodontist in Davis, CA like Dr. Robert Kelleher, DDS.
Friday, January 9, 2015
A smile can take you to places. It is key to some of the best opportunities in life. If you have a beautiful smile, you are more likely to meet friends and confidently present yourself to the world than those with unattractive smile. This, however, is only possible if you have a set of straight teeth and a healthy smile. The alignment of your teeth is crucial to your overall dental health. If you have crooked teeth, chances are you may be suffering from bite problems, or even bruxism. Such disorders can cause a tooth’s length to be reduced, which is one of the major reasons why some people have uneven teeth.