If you desire a straighter smile, there are different types of braces to help you achieve the smile you want. Whether you have gaps between teeth, a misaligned bite or teeth that are crooked, there are different types of braces that can correct those problems and transform your smile. Your dentist can help you determine which type of braces will best suit your needs. At Williamsburg Family Dentistry, Dr. Rick Rubin and Dr. Brett Dunnill are your dentists for braces in Williamsburg, VA.
Types of Braces
Braces are an orthodontic method for correcting misaligned bites and straightening teeth. There are several different types of braces, including traditional metal braces, ceramic braces and lingual braces. There are different benefits associated with each type and they are all good options for helping adults and teens achieve a straighter smile. In Williamsburg, braces of all types can be installed.
Each type of braces utilizes brackets and wires to move and straighten the teeth. The brackets and wires for traditional metal braces and ceramic braces are applied to the fronts of the teeth. The primary difference between the type is that traditional metal brackets are silver, while ceramic brackets are clear and much less noticeable. Lingual braces differ from metal and ceramic braces in that the brackets and wires are mounted on the backs of the teeth.
Each type of braces offers distinct benefits. Traditional metal braces are an affordable option delivering reliable results. Ceramic braces are an excellent option for individuals who desire less noticeable braces since the ceramic brackets are clear. Lingual braces are the most discreet option as they are applied to the backs of the teeth where they cannot be seen. With lingual braces, no one will even know you are wearing braces.
Braces can help you achieve a beautiful, straight smile. Whether you choose traditional metal braces, clear ceramic braces or discreet lingual braces, each type offers different benefits and will give you the smile you desire. For braces in Williamsburg, schedule an appointment with Dr. Rubin or Dr. Dunnill by calling Williamsburg Family Dentistry at (757) 345-5500.
When Entertainment Tonight host Nancy O’Dell set out to teach her young daughter Ashby how to brush her teeth, she knew the surest path to success would be to make it fun for the toddler.
“The best thing with kids is you have to make everything a game,” Nancy recently said in an interview with Dear Doctor TV. She bought Ashby a timer in the shape of a tooth that ticks for two minutes — the recommended amount of time that should be spent on brushing — and the little girl loved it. “She thought that was super fun, that she would turn the timer on and she would brush her teeth for that long,” Nancy said.
Ashby was also treated to a shopping trip for oral-hygiene supplies with Mom. “She got to go with me and choose the toothpaste that she wanted,” Nancy recalled. “They had some SpongeBob toothpaste that she really liked, so we made it into a fun activity.”
Seems like this savvy mom is on to something! Just because good oral hygiene is a must for your child’s health and dental development, that doesn’t mean it has to feel like a chore. Equally important to making oral-hygiene instruction fun is that it start as early as possible. It’s best to begin cleaning your child’s teeth as soon as they start to appear in infancy. Use a small, soft-bristled, child-sized brush or a clean, damp washcloth and just a thin smear of fluoride toothpaste, about the size of a grain of rice.
Once your child is old enough to hold the toothbrush and understand what the goal is, you can let him or her have a turn at brushing; but make sure you also take your turn, so that every tooth gets brushed — front, back and all chewing surfaces. After your child turns 3 and is capable of spitting out the toothpaste, you can increase the toothpaste amount to the size of a pea. Kids can usually take over the task of brushing by themselves around age 6, but may still need help with flossing.
Another great way to teach your children the best oral-hygiene practices is to model them yourself. If you brush and floss every day, and have regular cleanings and exams at the dental office, your child will come to understand what a normal, healthy and important routine this is. Ashby will certainly get this message from her mom.
“I’m very adamant about seeing the dentist regularly,” Nancy O’Dell said in her Dear Doctor interview. “I make sure that I go when I’m supposed to go.”
It’s no wonder that Nancy has such a beautiful, healthy-looking smile. And from the looks of things, her daughter is on track to have one, too. We would like to see every child get off to an equally good start!
If you have questions about your child’s oral health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Taking the Stress Out of Dentistry for Kids” and “Top 10 Oral Health Tips for Children.”
We've known for a long time that fluoride strengthens tooth enamel against decay. We've also learned that fluoride consumption early in life pays later dividends with healthier teeth.
But while fluoride has generally proven safe, too much ingested by young children could cause enamel fluorosis. This condition produces a mottled or streaked appearance in teeth ranging from faint white patches to darker, pitted staining. Fluorosis doesn't harm teeth, but it does make them less attractive.
To prevent this, it may be necessary with your dentist's help to monitor your infant's or young child's fluoride intake and keep it in check. That will depend in large part on where you live, as well as your child's hygiene and eating habits.
Like three-quarters of public water systems, your local utility may be adding fluoride to your drinking water. The amount is governed by federal guidelines, which currently recommend fluoride amounts of no more than 0.70 parts per million of water. The fluoride levels in your water could have an impact on your child's total fluoride intake. You can find out for sure how much fluoride is present in your water by contacting your water utility company.
Another major fluoride source is toothpaste and other hygiene products. You can control your child's fluoride exposure by limiting the amount of toothpaste on their brush. Children under two only need a “smear,” while those between two and six need only a pea-sized amount.
Processed foods can contain fluoride if fluoridated water was used in their production. In this case, replace as much of the processed food items in your family's diet as you can with fresh fruits, vegetables and other foods.
Along this line, if you have an infant you want to pay particular attention to feeding formula, especially the powdered form you mix with water. If you're concerned about the amount of fluoride in your water consider other infant feeding options. Besides breast-feeding in lieu of formula, you can also use ready-to-feed pre-mixed with water (usually lower in fluoride) or mix powdered formula with bottled water specifically labeled “de-ionized,” “purified,”Â “demineralized,” or “distilled.”
This can be a lot to keep up with but your dentist can advise you. Fluoride is still a potent weapon against tooth decay and a safeguard on your child's current and future dental health.
If you would like more information on the relationship between fluoride and your child's dental health, 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 “Tooth Development and Infant Formula.”
Everyone knows that in the game of football, quarterbacks are looked up to as team leaders. That's why we're so pleased to see some NFL QB's setting great examples of… wait for it… excellent oral hygiene.
First, at the 2016 season opener against the Broncos, Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers was spotted on the bench; in his hands was a strand of dental floss. In between plays, the 2105 MVP was observed giving his hard-to-reach tooth surfaces a good cleaning with the floss.
Later, Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor was seen on the sideline of a game against the 49ers — with a bottle of mouthwash. Taylor took a swig, swished it around his mouth for a minute, and spit it out. Was he trying to make his breath fresher in the huddle when he called out plays?
Maybe… but in fact, a good mouthrinse can be much more than a short-lived breath freshener.
Cosmetic rinses can leave your breath with a minty taste or pleasant smell — but the sensation is only temporary. And while there's nothing wrong with having good-smelling breath, using a cosmetic mouthwash doesn't improve your oral hygiene — in fact, it can actually mask odors that may indicate a problem, such as tooth decay or gum disease.
Using a therapeutic mouthrinse, however, can actually enhance your oral health. Many commonly available therapeutic rinses contain anti-cariogenic (cavity-fighting) ingredients, such as fluoride; these can help prevent tooth decay and cavity formation by strengthening tooth enamel. Others contain antibacterial ingredients; these can help control the harmful oral bacteria found in plaque — the sticky film that can build up on your teeth in between cleanings. Some antibacterial mouthrinses are available over-the-counter, while others are prescription-only. When used along with brushing and flossing, they can reduce gum disease (gingivitis) and promote good oral health.
So why did Taylor rinse? His coach Rex Ryan later explained that he was cleaning out his mouth after a hard hit, which may have caused some bleeding. Ryan also noted, “He [Taylor] does have the best smelling breath in the league for any quarterback.” The coach didn't explain how he knows that — but never mind. The takeaway is that a cosmetic rinse may be OK for a quick fix — but when it comes to good oral hygiene, using a therapeutic mouthrinse as a part of your daily routine (along with flossing and brushing) can really step up your game.
Are you ready to find out more about getting Invisalign in Williamsburg?
Not everyone revels in the idea of having to wear metal brackets and wires all over their teeth just to fix gaps or crowding. Of course, if you want a straight smile you will have to undergo orthodontic treatment in order to get your dream smile. Fortunately, our Williamsburg, VA, family dentists, Dr. Ricky Rubin and Dr. Brett Dunnill, make it possible to get the smile you want with an almost invisible treatment option called Invisalign.
How Invisalign Works
Each aligner that is created for you is designed to fit your smile and your smile alone. Made from a nearly invisible thermoplastic, these Invisalign aligners will help to slowly shift your teeth into the ideal position to fix everything from spacing and crowding issues to overbites and underbites. Each set of aligners is worn for about two weeks at a time and then replaced with the next set of aligners in your treatment plan.
In order for these aligners to do their job, this means that you will need to wear them as often as possible. While you can remove them prior to eating or drinking, as well as before your oral care routine, you will want to wear them the rest of the time to ensure that you get the results you want within a reasonable length of time. When you come in for a consultation, our Williamsburg dentist will be able to provide you with information about how long it will possibly take to get your straighter smile.
Good Candidates for Invisalign
If you are an older teen or adult who is looking to straighten your smile without having to wear metal braces, then chances are pretty good that Invisalign could be the right treatment for you. It’s time to schedule a consultation with us if you are looking to fix any of these issues:
- Gaps between teeth
- Crowding or minor overlapping
- Open bites
Keep in mind, children and early teens aren’t ideal candidates for this orthodontic treatment because their teeth are still growing, which can affect how the aligners will fit over their teeth. We will want to ensure that your teen’s smile has finished growing before we can recommend getting Invisalign.
Does Invisalign sound like the right treatment option for you? Want to find out if you are the perfect candidate? Then it’s time you called Williamsburg Family Dentistry in Williamsburg, VA, to book your initial consultation with us. Let’s talk about Invisalign!
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