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Did you know that 99.7% of adults believe that a great smile is an important social asset? If your teeth are mildly or severely misaligned, you could be harming your oral health as well as your self-esteem. Straight teeth can make you feel more confident in yourself, leading to better interactions in all aspects of your life. Correcting crooked teeth with Invisalign or other types of braces can also improve the health of your teeth and gums, as your mouth will be easier to clean. Take a look at this infographic from Fairfield orthodontist Dr. Thomas Braun to learn about the many benefits of having straight teeth. When you’re ready to improve your health and your smile, talk to your orthodontist about how braces can benefit you. Please share with your friends and family!
Last updated 4 days ago
When we think of orthodontic treatment, our first thought is often of traditional metal braces with arch wires and elastic ties. However, thanks to advances in orthodontic technology, your Fairfield orthodontist can now provide you with a more aesthetic treatment option known as clear braces.
Unlike traditional metal braces that gradually move your teeth using friction and frequent “tightening” visits, clear braces use a series of clear, removable aligners to realign and straighten your teeth. This means that investing in clear braces completely eliminates the need for metal appliances—and because the aligners are removable, clear braces allow you to still enjoy your favorite foods. In addition, each aligner is generally worn for several weeks before being upgraded to the next aligner in the series, and in most cases, offers patients with a much faster treatment option than regular braces.
Get the smile you’ve always wanted without relying on metal braces by contacting Dr. Thomas F. Braun at (203) 502-7717. You can also visit us online to schedule a free examination.
Last updated 12 days ago
It’s no surprise that a straighter smile can boost your confidence and improve both your professional and social relationships. However, few people truly understand the health benefits of straightening one’s smile. Continue reading to learn all about the importance of having straight teeth.
Decreased Risk of Decay
Teeth affected by oral malocclusions, or bad bites, are typically at greater risk for developing tooth decay. This is because crooked teeth are much harder to keep clean, and therefore make it easier for bacteria-filled plaque to build up along and in between the teeth. Eventually, the bacteria in this plaque release acids that eat away at the hard outer surface of the teeth, until the teeth become weakened and develop a cavity.
Improve Gum Health
Crooked teeth not only increase your chances of tooth decay, but can also greatly increase your chances for gum disease. The same plaque and bacteria responsible for tooth decay can eventually infect the gingival tissues that support the teeth, resulting in bleeding gums, swelling, redness, tenderness, and even tooth loss. By straightening your teeth using braces, you can make it easier to protect the health of your gums.
Prevent Jaw Complications
A number of malocclusions are caused by improper positioning of the jaw-bones. By leaving these types of issues untreated, you may increase your risk for suffering from certain jaw complications, including TMJ disorders. Furthermore, these jaw problems can lead to problems with facial growth and symmetry in young children if left uncorrected.
Don’t let the condition of your teeth put you at risk for these conditions. Get the information you need to determine the best orthodontic treatment for your needs by contacting your Fairfield orthodontist. Dr. Thomas F. Braun offers a number of treatment options for children and adults, including traditional braces, clear braces, and even the Invisalign system. Give us a call at (203) 502-7717 to get started!
Last updated 18 days ago
Orthodontics refers to a specialized branch of dentistry that focuses on balancing the teeth and surrounding facial structures. In this video from the American Dental Association, we take a closer look at orthodontic treatment.
Orthodontics is a great option for individuals with uneven or crooked teeth, and is available for individuals of nearly any age. After completing an oral examination and identifying any malocclusions, your orthodontist will recommend a treatment method for your needs. You can learn more by watching this clip.
Whether you are interested in traditional braces, clear braces, or the Invisalign system, Dr. Thomas F. Braun is here to help. Contact our Fairfield office at (203) 502-7717 for more information about your options.
Last updated 25 days ago
Undergoing orthodontic treatment is a great way to improve the appearance and health of your smile—but if your treatment plan involves the use of traditional braces, there are a number of steps you will need to take to protect your appliances. This article will explore which foods individuals wearing traditional braces will want to avoid.
Biting into whole foods can be problematic for braces-wearers, as it increases the chances of damage to one of your brackets or archwires. This includes a variety of foods, such as corn on the cob, pickles, ribs, chicken that is still on the bone, carrots, apples, pears, and other whole fruits. Instead, consider cutting these items into smaller bite-sized pieces to avoid damage.
Hard or Crunchy Foods
Hard or overly crunchy foods can cause damage to your braces as well, such as bagels and hard breads, cookies, pretzels, chips, popcorn, and beef jerky. Most of these items cannot be altered to make them safe for braces-wearers. However, you may consider steaming hard vegetables so that they can be eaten safely. It is also important to avoid biting on ice cubes, pens and pencils, and your fingernails.
Sticky or Gummy Foods
All sticky and gummy foods should be avoided during orthodontic treatment for a number of reasons. Sticky and gummy foods can not only increase the risk of damage to your archwires and brackets, but can also dislodge the elastic ties keeping your archwires firmly in place. For this reason, you will want to avoid foods such as bubble gum, candy canes or lollipops, caramels, gummy candies, fruit roll-ups, and taffy.
For more information on which foods should be avoided during orthodontic treatment, you will want to consult with your Fairfield orthodontist. Give Dr. Thomas F. Braun a call at (203) 502-7717 to schedule an initial appointment. Our orthodontists also offer clear braces and the Invisalign system.