Archive for May, 2015

Can Invisalign correct a misaligned bite?

Invisalign north AustinInvisalign is a convenient system for straightening the smile using clear, plastic trays instead of clunky metal brackets and wires to reposition the teeth. When this treatment method debuted, some patients were told that they could only take advantage of it if they had mild misalignments of the teeth without a malocclusion (“bad bite”). Now, the technology has improved, and Invisalign can help to correct a bad bite.

Overbites and underbites are common complaints from patients who want to improve their smiles, and your dentist can use Invisalign to resolve these issues in addition to re-aligning crooked teeth.

Even crossbites can respond to efforts to reposition them with Invisalign. In a jaw that is too small to accommodate all of the teeth, severe crowding can occur. This system may be able to improve the smiles of these patients as well. Ask for your dentist’s guidance on whether this treatment can help you achieve the specific outcomes you desire. 

Overbites and underbites are common complaints from patients who want to improve their smiles, and your dentist can use Invisalign to resolve these issues in addition to re-aligning crooked teeth.

The conditions listed above are caused by different factors. For example, an overbite can develop when a patient’s upper jaw grows too quickly. In contrast, the upper jaw may be underdeveloped in a patient with an underbite. Your dentist will consider the specifics of your case when deciding on your Invisalign treatment plan.

In addition to detracting from your smile’s appearance, these malocclusions can have negative implications for your oral health and your general health as well. An incorrectly aligned bite may not be as effective at chewing and may impact your nutrition as a result. Certain abnormal patterns of jaw growth may also be detrimental to your gum tissue by putting too much pressure on it.

Patients who choose Invisalign gain a number of benefits in comparison to traditional braces. They can be removed at meal time and for the patient’s oral hygiene routine, so patients can sustain their normal activities when it comes to eating, brushing and flossing.

If you have a “bad bite,” contact Balcones Family Dental at 512-200-7422 to schedule an Invisalign consultation. This treatment system may be able to help you achieve your desired smile.

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Oral Piercings: Hidden Risks to Your Health

dentist 78729Many people get oral piercings because they look cool or trendy, but these patients may fail to consider the dental health risks that such piercings present. When deciding on a tongue or lip piercing, it’s important to weigh these factors as you make your choice.

Here is a list of a few dental hazards that you may face as a result of an oral piercing.

  • Infection – Any piercing introduces an outlet for bacteria to enter the body, and an oral piercing is no exception. Oral infections can be devastating to your oral health and have the potential to spread throughout the body if they are able to access the bloodstream.
  • Damage to the teeth – If a stud or hoop contacts the teeth, those teeth can easily be chipped or cracked. This could create the need for a restoration or possible introduce the risk of infection in the tooth’s inner core.
  • Gum disease – Patients with oral piercings seem to face a greater risk of gum disease, which can ultimately lead to tooth or bone loss.
  • Disease transmission – Oral piercings can increase a patient’s risk for acquiring diseases like hepatitis and herpes.
  • Difficulty chewing – An oral piercing may interfere with your ability to chew properly, potentially compromising your nutrition.
  • Allergic reactions – Some patients will have an allergic reaction to the metal in the piercing. This risk can be serious if the tongue swells as a result, as a swollen tongue can obstruct the airway opening in severe cases.

This list is not intended to be a comprehensive one. Your dentist can advise you of additional concerns, including ones that are specific to your case.

If you do decide to move forward with getting an oral piercing despite the possible health risks, it’s essential that you take good care of it and do your best to keep it clean and free of the oral bacteria that can wreak havoc on the rest of your mouth. Your dentist can advise you on this matter as well.

Before deciding to pierce your tongue or lip, get your dentist’s advice on this process. If you are thinking about such a piercing, we strongly encourage you to contact our office to speak with our experienced team of professionals about this issue.

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