Do braces just straighten smiles, or does orthodontic correction also benefit your overall health? At Blome Family Dentistry in Lincoln, Dr. Greg Blome and Dr. Sara Wubbles assert that both oral and systemic health improve with braces. Learn more here about what braces do for people of all ages.
Braces for anyone
The American Association of Orthodontists says the best age for orthodontic correction is before age 14 when the bones of the face and the jaw are most receptive to treatment. However, adults can wear braces, too, and eliminate the gaps, crowding, bite problems and other issues which ruin self-confidence and lead to:
- Excessive, uneven and premature enamel wear and tear
- Bone and gum recession
- Gum disease
- Dental decay
- Oral abrasions (cheek biting, for example)
- Smiles which are difficult to brush and floss properly
At Blome Family Dentistry in Lincoln, braces are included on the long list of preventive, restorative and cosmetic services offered by Dr. Blome and Dr. Wubbles. A patient's individualized care plan may include correction with the most up-to-date types of metal, ceramic, or lingual (tongue-side) braces or special appliances, such as space maintainers (typically for children).
How braces benefit overall health
Orthodontia creates smiles which are well-aligned and correctly balanced in terms of how teeth bite together and how facial muscles and connective tissue operate. After treatment, patients experience:
- Clearer speech
- Less pain related to jaw joint dysfunction (TMJ/TMD), migraines and earaches
- Fewer oral abrasions from protruding front teeth
- Fewer chipped and cracked teeth (well-aligned teeth are less accident prone)
- Fewer conditions related to inflammatory processes within the body
Research from many well-respected sources, including the Forsyth Institute, links gum disease to stroke, heart attack, arthritis, dementia and more inflammatory conditions. Gum disease, with its bacteria-filled plaque and tartar, seems to occur more in people with poorly aligned and harder to clean teeth. In short, braces can help you be healthier over your entire lifetime.
If you or a loved one would like to explore how braces could benefit oral and systemic health, please contact Blome Family Dentistry in Lincoln, NE, for a orthodontic consult. Learn your options for a great new smile. Call (402) 483-7000.
There are different types of dentists to choose from, including general, pediatric, and family dentists. Family dentists are an excellent choice for families since they treat patients of all ages, from young children to older adults. This is just one benefit of choosing a family dentist, but there are several other benefits, as well. At Blome Family Dentistry, Dr. Greg Blome and Dr. Sara Wubbels are your family dentists in Lincoln, NE.
Family dentists are like many other types of dentists with the primary exception of treating patients of all ages. With a family dentist, children do not need to see a separate pediatric dentist. Everyone in the family can visit the same dental office. They provide a wide range of dental services and procedures, including general, cosmetic, and restorative. Whether your child is due for a routine dental exam and cleaning or you need a root canal, a family dentist can provide for the dental needs of your entire family.
Some of the services offered at Blome Family Dentistry include:
- General and Preventive: Cleanings, fillings, sealants, and fluoride treatments
- Cosmetic: Teeth whitening, bonding, cosmetic contouring, and veneers
- Restorative: Root canal therapy, crowns and bridges, and dentures
- Orthodontic: Braces and Six Month Smiles
- Periodontal: Scaling and root planing
Choosing a family dentist to provide for your family’s dental and oral health needs offers multiple benefits. A primary benefit is that the entire family can visit the same dental practice, which can save time and travel. Dental appointments can be scheduled for different members of the family on the same day and at a single office location, which can save a lot of time and travel not having to shuffle family members around to appointments at separate locations on different days.
Another benefit of having a family dentist in Lincoln is that family members will never have to switch dentists due to age. For example, children who are treated by pediatric dentists will need to find a new dentist once they are grown. Your children can continue seeing the same dentist with whom they are both comfortable and familiar. Since your children can stick with the same dentist as they age, the dentist will be familiar with their medical history and any allergies they may have, this can also make it more likely to continue maintaining regular dental appointments in adulthood.
A family dentist offers many benefits for your entire family. With a family dentist, it is possible to save time, reduce travel, and avoid having to find a new dentist due to age. To arrange your family’s next dental checkups at a single location, schedule appointments with Dr. Blome or Dr. Wubbels, your Lincoln family dentists, by calling Blome Family Dentistry at (402) 483-7000.
Have you been wondering if braces would improve your smile? Orthodontic treatment can help you feel more confident about your appearance and correct issues that affect your bite. Lincoln, NE, dentists Dr. Greg Blome and Dr. Sara Wubbels help your family maintain healthy smiles with a range of dental services and treatments.
Who can benefit from braces?
Braces may be a good choice if:
- Your teeth are crooked: No matter how crooked your smile, orthodontic treatment from your Lincoln dentist can help. Braces exert constant pressure on teeth, which slowly realigns them. At the end of your treatment, you won't recognize your straight smile.
- Spacing is a problem: Whether your teeth are crowded or there are large gaps between them, braces can improve your smile.
- You have a bite problem: Braces correct mild to severe bite problems, including underbites, overbites, crossbites, and open bites.
- You've experienced damage due to an orthodontic issue: Bite problems aren't just a cosmetic issue. When your teeth don't line up properly when you chew, you may experience damage to your teeth, gums, or lips. Lacerations, eroding enamel, and gum erosion are all common consequences of bite problems. If you don't improve your bite, you're more likely to experience dental problems. Enamel erosion can increase your risk of tooth decay, while gum erosion may boost the chance that you'll develop gum disease. Orthodontic treatment improves your bite and helps you avoid the unpleasant consequences of bite problems.
- Eating or speaking is difficult: Misaligned teeth may make it difficult to bite into foods or chew them thoroughly. Gastrointestinal problems can occur if you swallow foods without chewing them well first. Clear speech requires a complex interaction between your lips, teeth, and tongue. If your teeth are misaligned, you may have difficulty pronouncing some sounds clearly. Braces offer a simple way to improve your speech.
- Your teeth have shifted: Has your smile changed over the years? It's not unusual to notice a little movement in your teeth in adulthood. Fortunately, orthodontic treatment can restore the smile you've grown to love.
Enhance your appearance with braces! Call Lincoln, NE, dentists Dr. Greg Blome and Dr. Sara Wubbels at (402) 483-7000 to schedule your appointment.
Need advice from your Lincoln, NE, dentist?
Dental hygiene is an essential preventative care habit for your oral health. Dr. Greg Blome and Dr. Sara Wubbels give tips on maintaining good oral hygiene to prevent serious dental issues.
How to Care for Your Teeth:
Here's what your Lincoln dentist advises:
- Drink fluoride-containing water and fluoride-containing products like toothpaste and mouthwash to help repair teeth
- Brush teeth at least twice a day
- Stop chewing tobacco and smoking
- Professional dental cleanings to remove hardened plaque that's accumulated on and around teeth and gums
- Floss at least once before bed to remove food debris
- Avoid drinking too much coffee and tea
- Dental checkups every six months to examine teeth and gums for cavities
Dental Procedures You May Need:
- Crowns: Crowns completely cover a tooth and are used if a tooth is weakened by a crack, fracture, large filling or root canal treatment.
- Root Canal Therapy: A dental restoration needed when someone has an infected or inflamed tooth that needs to be cleaned, disinfected and sealed to prevent any more bacteria from entering.
- Bridges: This restoration is similar to dental implants but it doesn't replace a tooth root, just the gap left from losing a tooth.
- Dental Implants: A titanium implant is inserted in your jaw to fuse with bone and replace damaged/decayed tooth roots. An abutment and crown are placed on top to finish the procedure.
- Fillings: Decay is removed from your teeth and your dentist replaces decay with composite, or porcelain fillings that match the rest of your teeth.
- Veneers: These porcelain restorations are similar to crowns but they are cemented on the surface of teeth to hide unappealing issues like dents, crack and yellowed teeth.
Severe dental issues may result if you don't maintain a healthy dental remedy. If you have any questions, or concerns, about good preventative care habits and taking care of your dental restorations, just call Drs. Greg Blome and Sara Wubbels at their Lincoln, NE, office at (402) 483-7000 today!
Find out the importance of a dental filling.
While you might not even know it, most people will have to get at least one dental filling during their lifetime. After all, cavities are the most common dental disorder worldwide. While our Lincoln, NE, dentists, Dr. Greg Blome and Dr. Sara Wubbels, would love to always be able to give you a clean bill of health when you come into the office, if you are dealing with a cavity you will need to get a dental filling as soon as possible in order to restore the tooth.
What is a dental filling?
A dental filling is a special material placed over a tooth to restore appearance, function, and strength back into a tooth often after a cavity (but sometimes due to trauma). While there are several different kinds of dental fillings, the most commonly used dental filling is composite resin because it looks similar to natural tooth enamel so it blends right in.
Why are dental fillings required?
If you have a cavity the decayed enamel must be removed or otherwise the decay will continue to spread further into the tooth. Once our Lincoln detects a cavity we will need to remove the decay as soon as possible. In order to remove decay, we will numb the area surrounding the tooth before using a dental drill to get rid of the decayed enamel.
Once the decay is fully removed we will need to restore the tooth so functionality and resilience are restored. If the tooth wasn’t treated with a dental filling it would weaken over time and be prone to further damage such as cracks or fractures. By placing a dental filling after removing a cavity we can restore the tooth’s strength and its appearance.
How is a dental filling placed?
If you are getting a composite resin filling, the material itself is similar to putty, so it is malleable and can easily be spread over the drilled away portions of the tooth. The resin is first matched to the color of your tooth before being applied. Resin fillings are applied in thin layers and each layer is hardened permanently into place after being properly shaped. The whole process of removing a cavity and placing a filling is pretty fast and you can leave the office immediately after treatment.
Are you experiencing warning signs of a cavity such as a toothache? Do you need to schedule your next dental cleaning? If so, then trust in the experts at Blome Family Dentistry to provide you and your family with the comprehensive dental care you are looking for in Lincoln, NE.
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