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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.
Is your smile less attractive than it could be? Many people are unhappy with the way their permanent teeth have come in: crooked, gapped, overlapped or misshapen. At Blome Family Dentistry in Lincoln, NE, Dr. Greg Blome and Dr. Sara Blome-Wubbles, have the skills and expertise necessary to help you achieve a more attractive and healthier smile with braces. Learn how braces can help you in this post.
How do braces work?
There are a variety of styles of braces, but their function is basically the same. Your dentist will adjust each section of the braces that makes contact with each tooth to place a certain amount of pressure on it; adjustments take place anywhere from once a week to once a month. These adjustments will gradually shift your teeth into the correct position.
How long do I have to wear braces?
Every patient is understandably anxious to see their results after their braces regimen is finished, but the amount of time it takes may vary. There are a number of factors that go into how long you'll need braces, one of the main ones being your age. Your Lincoln dentist explains that younger people have a more malleable bone structure, meaning that their teeth are likely to move more readily than an adult's. On average, our patients can count on wearing their braces for at least a year.
What are the advantages of wearing braces?
When braces from your dentist give you a beautifully-straightened smile, you're likely to feel more confident about your appearance and interacting with others. Straight teeth are perceived by others as being a measure of success, happiness, even trustworthiness, and making a good first impression is essential. Braces also make it less likely that you'll have problems with plaque and tartar buildup. That's because when they're properly aligned, teeth are easier to brush and floss. Crowded or spaced apart-teeth can trap food and make it very difficult for a toothbrush or floss to reach them effectively.
To learn more about how braces can improve the way you look and feel in the new year, contact Blome Family Dentistry in Lincoln, NE and ask to set up an appointment today!
How braces from your Lincoln dentists can improve your smile
If nature didn’t give you a straight smile, braces could be the answer you’ve been looking for. When you think of braces, it’s easy to imagine bulky, ugly metal brackets and wires, but today’s braces are different. Your dentists at Blome Family Dentistry in Lincoln, NE, want to help you discover what modern orthodontic treatment can do for you and why braces could be the answer.
So why is having a straight smile so important? When your teeth are straight, your smile is more cosmetically beautiful. You want people to notice the beauty and warmth of your smile, not your crooked teeth! Your smile is an important part of who you are and how you appear to the world, and you want your smile to be straight and harmonious.
Enhancing your appearance isn’t the only reason you want a straight smile. When your teeth are straight, you can keep your smile healthy. It’s much easier to floss when your teeth are correctly positioned. You can reach difficult access areas where bacteria can hide. Bacterial plaque is what causes tooth decay, gum disease and periodontal disease. When you can clean your teeth more easily, you will clean more thoroughly in less time.
When you have orthodontic treatment, one of the main goals is to align your jaws correctly. When you bite with correct alignment, it prevents excessive trauma to your jaws and facial structure. Eliminating trauma can prevent jaw pain, earaches, headaches and TMJ problems.
There are many reasons why braces could be the answer for you. There are also many different types of braces to choose from. Consider:
- Metal brackets with ultra-thin wires (conventional braces)
- Clear plastic brackets with tooth-colored wires
- Ceramic brackets with tooth-colored wires
You don’t have to settle for the smile nature gave you. You can improve your smile quickly with orthodontic treatment. Talk with the experts and call your dentists at Blome Family Dentistry in Lincoln, NE. Call today and find out why braces could be the answer for you!
How your smile can benefit from orthodontic treatment from your Lincoln dentist.
You look at your crowded teeth and wonder if you should get braces. Chances are braces can help your smile tremendously, especially with today’s modern orthodontic treatments. A straight, beautiful smile can increase your confidence, and make you feel better about yourself. Your dentists at Blome Family Dentistry, in Lincoln, Nebraska, want you to know all about how braces can help your smile.
Your dentists at Blome Family Dentistry can correct most cosmetic and functional dental issues with the right orthodontic treatment. You should get braces if you have:
- Overlapped or crowded teeth
- Gapped or unevenly spaced teeth
- Twisted or rotated teeth
You can especially benefit from braces if you have bite problems including open bite, crossbite, underbite or overbite. A poorly aligned bite can result in jaw problems such as temporomandibular joint dysfunction, excessive tooth wear and tooth trauma resulting in the need for restorations or root canal treatment.
Your dentists at Blome Family Dentistry offer a full range of orthodontic services to fit your cosmetic needs, schedule and budget. Consider:
- Conventional braces, using metal wires and brackets
- Plastic brackets and ultra-thin wires, for a natural look
- Lingual braces, attached to the back of your teeth
Six-Month Smiles is also offered by your dentists at Blome Family Dentistry. This orthodontic treatment is streamlined to only take a matter of months and uses clear braces, virtually invisible to others. According to the makers of Six-Month smiles, you will experience:
- Average treatment times of only six months
- Virtually invisible treatment
- Conservative, predictable results
- Fast, comfortable appointments
- Comfort, safety and ease of hygiene
- Less expense than conventional braces, aligners or veneers
For more information on Six-Month Smiles and amazing before and after photos, please visit the Six-Month Smiles website at http://www.6monthsmiles.com/pages/patient_home/patient_stories.aspx.
Whether you should get braces is not a decision you need to make alone. Talk with the experts, your dentists at Blome Family Dentistry. You deserve a straight, beautiful smile so it’s time to call your dentists at Blome Family Dentistry in Lincoln, Nebraska. Find out if you should get braces by calling today!