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By Williamsburg Family Dentistry
July 14, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   braces  

If you desire a straighter smile, there are different types of braces to help you achieve the smile you want. Whether you have gaps bracesbetween 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.

Benefits

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.

By Williamsburg Family Dentistry
March 06, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   braces  

How braces from Williamsburg can help your smileinvisalign

Everyone wants a straight, beautiful smile but did you know straightening your teeth can also make your teeth and gums healthier? That’s because straight teeth are much easier to clean. It’s much easier to remove plaque and food debris from teeth that aren’t rotated or out of position. Your dentists at Williamsburg Family Dentistry in Williamsburg, VA, want to share why a straighter smile is a healthier smile.

If your teeth are rotated or out of position, plaque can hide in difficult access areas between your teeth. If you try to floss, you may break the floss between your teeth, leaving threads in between your teeth. You may just give up flossing entirely because your teeth are too tight.

Plaque contains millions of microscopic bacteria that can colonize in between your crowded teeth, producing toxins that can destroy tooth enamel, your gums and supporting bone. Badly aligned or badly positioned teeth can lead to dental decay, gum disease and periodontal disease. These conditions can lead to tooth loss.

If your teeth have spaces or gaps between them, you can also accumulate plaque between your teeth. That’s because the friction of chewing helps to natural clean your teeth. Teeth that are widely spaced apart don’t experience the friction necessary to clean in between these teeth, so you don’t get the natural self-cleansing of straighter teeth that are close together.

A poorly aligned bite can also cause tooth and jaw trauma resulting in TMJ pain and tooth wear. Chronic stress on teeth can lead to root canal treatment. If your teeth are worn down enough, you may eventually need dental crowns to protect them from breaking.

You can protect yourself from future problems by straightening your smile. Modern orthodontic treatment is easy, quick and discreet. At Williamsburg Family Dentistry you can choose from a wide range of orthodontic treatments including ceramic braces with tooth-colored wires, conventional metal braces, lingual braces or clear aligners.

For more information about orthodontic treatments available in Williamsburg, please visit the orthodontics section of the services page on the website at http://www.williamsburgfamilydentistry.com/library/7794/Orthodontics.html

A straighter smile is much healthier and more beautiful. Thanks to modern orthodontic treatments you can have a straighter smile more quickly, comfortably and easily than ever before. Find out more about which orthodontic treatments might be the best choice for you by calling your dentists at Williamsburg Family Dentistry in Williamsburg, VA. Call today!

By Williamsburg Family Dentistry
November 07, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   braces  
3QuestionsYouShouldAskBeforeUndergoingAdultOrthodontics

Think you're too old to have your teeth straightened? While we automatically pair “teenager” with “braces,” at least one in five orthodontic patients are adults. And there's many more that could benefit, as many as three-quarters of adults with a correctable bite problem.

But although orthodontics can be performed at any age, it's not a minor undertaking. It will require time, patience and expense. So, before you decide to undergo orthodontics, here are 3 simple questions to ask first.

Why? Like children and teenagers, adults can benefit cosmetically from correcting a poor bite. But there's another great reason besides a more attractive smile: misaligned teeth are more difficult to care for than normal teeth. Orthodontic treatment is an investment and potential cost-saver in your future dental health.

Why not? Even senior adults can successfully undergo treatment. But braces might be ill-advised if you have either poor oral or general health. Periodontal (gum) disease, for example, can cause bone loss, which makes it difficult to safely and successfully move teeth (and the effort could worsen current disease activity in the gums). Medical conditions like bleeding disorders, leukemia or uncontrollable diabetes could interfere as well. You'll need both a dental and medical examination beforehand.

How? We can use braces — or we might be able to use a newer, more popular option with adults called clear aligners. These are a series of computer-designed clear, plastic trays you wear in sequence until you finish the series. Each tray is slightly smaller than the previous tray, moving the teeth in much the same manner as braces. But unlike braces, you can remove aligners for cleaning or a rare special occasion — and they're much less noticeable than metal braces. Although in some cases braces may still be the best option, it's also possible clear aligners could be the option you've been looking for.

So, are you ready for a new smile and a more maintainable mouth? Visit us for the answers to your questions and see if braces (or clear aligners) can transform your life and health.

If you would like more information on orthodontic treatment for adults, 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 “Orthodontics for the Older Adult.”

By Williamsburg Family Dentistry
October 15, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics  
AnAssortmentofOrthodonticToolshelpsusSolveComplexBiteProblems

There are an assortment of techniques and treatments in an orthodontist's toolkit, braces being the most common and best known. Of course, there wouldn't be any tools at all if teeth couldn't move naturally.

Teeth aren't directly connected to the jawbone. An elastic tissue called the periodontal ligament lies between each one, with tiny fibers attaching to the tooth on one side and to the bone on the other. The ligament's elasticity and other qualities allow micro-movements of the teeth as we bite.

The ligament can also adapt to changes in the mouth and teeth by allowing the teeth to move to different positions. That's the basic concept behind braces: we thread a thin wire through brackets attached to the teeth, which we then attach to anchor points (usually back teeth not intended to move) and apply tension to it. Gradually over time, the target teeth move.

But what if your malocclusion (poor bite) is more complicated or the back teeth can't supply enough anchorage for moving the intended teeth? That's where we take advantage of other sources of anchorage.

One such source is the patient's skull, which we can make use of through special headgear worn a few hours a day. The device consists of a strap under tension that runs around the back of the head or neck to a wire housing attached to brackets on the target teeth. If you want to “pull” the teeth forward, the strap would come over the chin, forehead or a combination of both.

We may sometimes want to isolate some teeth to move without moving nearby teeth, such as moving front teeth backward to close a space without affecting teeth further to the rear. We can create a separate anchor point in the jaw with a TAD or temporary anchorage device.

TADs are tiny screws made of stainless steel inserted temporarily into the bone. We loop an elastic band over the TAD on one end and to a bracket or tension wire attached to the target teeth on the other. When we've achieved the teeth's new position we can easily remove the TAD from the bone.

These various tools make it possible to correct difficult or complex malocclusions. They may not always look attractive, but they'll help ensure the final result is.

If you would like more information on available orthodontic treatments, 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 “Orthodontic Headgear & Other Anchorage Appliances.”

By Williamsburg Family Dentistry
March 18, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
EdenSherandtheLostRetainer

Fans of the primetime TV show The Middle were delighted to see that high school senior Sue, played by Eden Sher, finally got her braces off at the start of Season 6. But since this popular sitcom wouldn’t be complete without some slapstick comedy, this happy event is not without its trials and tribulations: The episode ends with Sue’s whole family diving into a dumpster in search of the teen’s lost retainer. Sue finds it in the garbage and immediately pops it in her mouth. But wait — it doesn’t fit, it’s not even hers!

If you think this scenario is far-fetched, guess again. OK, maybe the part about Sue not washing the retainer upon reclaiming it was just a gag (literally and figuratively), but lost retainers are all too common. Unfortunately, they’re also expensive to replace — so they need to be handled with care. What’s the best way to do that? Retainers should be brushed daily with a soft toothbrush and liquid soap (dish soap works well), and then placed immediately back in your mouth or into the case that came with the retainer. When you are eating a meal at a restaurant, do not wrap your retainer in a napkin and leave it on the table — this is a great way to lose it! Instead, take the case with you, and keep the retainer in it while you’re eating. When you get home, brush your teeth and then put the retainer back in your mouth.

If you do lose your retainer though, let us know right away. Retention is the last step of your orthodontic treatment, and it’s extremely important. You’ve worked hard to get a beautiful smile, and no one wants to see that effort wasted. Yet if you neglect to wear your retainer as instructed, your teeth are likely to shift out of position. Why does this happen?

As you’ve seen firsthand, teeth aren’t rigidly fixed in the jaw — they can be moved in response to light and continuous force. That’s what orthodontic appliances do: apply the right amount of force in a carefully controlled manner. But there are other forces at work on your teeth that can move them in less predictable ways. For example, normal biting and chewing can, over time, cause your teeth to shift position. To get teeth to stay where they’ve been moved orthodontically, new bone needs to form around them and anchor them where they are. That will happen over time, but only if they are held in place with a retainer. That’s why it is so important to wear yours as directed — and notify us immediately if it gets lost.

And if ever you do have to dig your retainer out of a dumpster… be sure to wash it before putting in in your mouth!

If you would like more information on retainers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Importance of Orthodontic Retainers” and “Why Orthodontic Retainers?