Tuesday, February 28, 2017

How Your Orthodontist Can Help with Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

It is estimated that as many as 10 million Americans suffer from various pains related to temporomandibular joint disorder. The most common symptom by far is chronic facial pain.. This disorder can manifest itself by inflicting sharp jaw pain, headaches, and even earaches.

What is TMJ?

Temporomandibular joint disorder, also known as TMD or TMJ, is an all-encompassing term that refers to a variety of conditions which affect the temporomandibular joints, jaw muscles, and facial nerves. The pain that occurs from TMJ often results from the twisting of the jaw while it opens, closes or moves sideways. The symptoms vary, but can include pain around the ear, headaches and neck aches, jaw tenderness, pain in the jaw when biting or chewing, and clicking or popping noises when you open, close or otherwise move your mouth. Read more from this article:

Friday, February 24, 2017

As a Viable Alternative to Braces, an Invisalign Offers Solace to Adults Who Need Teeth Realignment

It might be a surprise to hear that almost 20% of people who need to wear braces are adults. In the past, it was pre-teens and teens who were the primary orthodontic patients. However in 2014, around 1.4 million adults in America received braces as a teeth alignment treatment.

Braces for adults are an option at any age. Some receive them when they are 18, others when they’re 30 and some even go for braces when they’re in their 50’s. The reason for this is because many adults never received orthodontic treatment when they were younger when braces were not as common nor as advanced. Additionally, there are issues which occur later in life that can affect teeth alignment, such as wisdom teeth pushing through or missing teeth. The problem with wearing braces as an adult is the stigma surrounding your appearance, and while there are four options for adult braces, there is only one, Invisalign, that addresses every concern for adults. Read more from this article:

Thursday, February 2, 2017

The Recommended Age for an Orthodontist Visit and Reasons for Children’s Braces

Some children develop crowded, crooked, or widely spaced teeth, as well as misaligned jaws and uneven bites due to various reasons. Several kids experience one or more of these problems at a young age, which prompts parents to wonder when to schedule their children’s first orthodontist visit in Davis.

A child’s dentist will advise parents when an orthodontist should be pursued. Depending on the severity and type of alignment problem, a child may eventually require braces.

Why Age 7 for a Child’s First Orthodontist Visit?

Several dentists and healthcare organizations, including the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), agree that 7 years old is a good age for a child’s first orthodontist visit. Children’s permanent teeth are already developing at this age. Indeed, the majority of permanent teeth appear between ages 7 and 9. However, orthodontists can recommend an interceptive approach for children who have few to no permanent teeth. In this case, dental braces may not be applied. Instead, other dental appliances can be used in the first stage of treatment. Later on, dental braces may be required, but for a short period should the interceptive approach be successful.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

In Folsom, a Growing Number of Adults Are Seeking an Orthodontist to Straighten Their Teeth

The demand for teeth straightening appliances is no longer reserved for only adolescents. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, the number of adults receiving orthodontia has increased by 40%.

Orthodontists in Folsom treat patients age 25 to 35, while some are even 65 and older. With higher disposable income, adults are increasingly seeking an orthodontist, especially as more treatment options become available.

Why are more adults seeking orthodontic services?

When adults choose to have their teeth straightened it is not always for vanity’s sake, but also because they finally have the income and the fact that orthodontic treatments are now more affordable. Those who are 65 and older indicate that they have always wanted to have their teeth straightened, but did not have sufficient resources until now.

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