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The Dangers of Do-It-Yourself Orthodontics

January 17th, 2018

According the American Academy of Orthodontists (AAO), do-it-yourself (DIY) orthodontics has been a growing trend, gaining visibility online and misleading people into thinking that straightening teeth can be done at home. These DIY ideas suggest moving teeth and fixing bites can be achieved by using either DIY household items such as dental floss, rubber bands, or unsupervised, mail-order orthodontics. Orthodontics is something that requires years of expertise from a professional and licensed orthodontist and specialized equipment such as braces or Invisalign. Unfortunately, all of these DIY treatments will not fix an orthodontic problem. In fact, they do the exact opposite and endanger the health of those who try them.

Risking Lifelong Dental Problems

The AAO states, “moving teeth without a thorough examination of the overall health of the teeth and gums could result in the permanent loss of teeth.” Your mouth is a complicated part of your body, and straightening your teeth requires not only moving your teeth, but takes into consideration the supporting gum tissue and bone. DIY orthodontic treatments do not take into consideration the complicated process of moving teeth, opting instead for a simple solution that disregards patient safety.

The best example is the DIY treatment, gap bands, which has had a surge in popularity. This method uses small rubber bands to pull two teeth together, intending to repair gaps in teeth for a more uniform smile. However, gap bands will slowly move up the teeth, and have the capability to move under your gums, working their way up to the roots of the teeth. Not only does this increase the risk of bacteria getting under your gums and into the deeper parts of your teeth, the pressure from the bands around the roots can eventually extract the teeth from the mouth.

Why Choose a Professional Orthodontist

By selecting a licensed orthodontist, you are putting the responsibility of your care in the hands of a professional who has received the proper education and experience necessary for appropriate and safe orthodontics. Orthodontists create beautiful smiles using advanced technology and treatment methods that have been tested and proven to be effective. With minimal risk and time commitment, you can have a gorgeous, healthy smile.

Come to the Experts at Brewer Dental Center

If you have any questions about orthodontic treatment, or you’re thinking about trying DIY orthodontics, schedule an appointment at Brewer Dental Center Orthodontics first to talk about your treatment options and the advantages of choosing a professional solution.

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Think You're Too Old for Braces? It's Never Too Late!

January 11th, 2018

Think braces are only for teenagers? Think again. The power of a smile can help you feel more confident at any age. Are fears of a painful, bulky, metal mouth holding you back from braces? Here’s why now is the time to reconsider.

According to recent surveys:

  • 8 in 10 adults who got braces felt their lives were positively affected.
  • 71% of women and 58% of men agree that teeth are the first thing they notice in a potential partner.
  • 40% of women and 35% of men agree that an imperfect smile makes someone less appealing than a person with a perfect smile.

What’s Stopping You?

  • Appearance – many adults believe that braces are unsightly and bulky. But thanks to clear, aesthetic braces you can show off your smile instead of your braces during treatment.
  • Time – your time in braces really depends on your treatment needs as everyone is different.
  • Cost – many orthodontists offer flexible payment plans that can help mitigate the cost of braces, and most insurance providers now cover as much as half of the cost of braces.

What Makes a Great Smile?

  • Upright teeth
  • Minimal amount of gums showing
  • Broad smile with minimal dark space in the corners
  • Facial symmetry

What Can Getting Braces Now Give You?

  • Better facial balance and aesthetics
  • A fuller, wider smile
  • Fewer dark triangles within the corners of your mouth
  • Smoother cheek contours, which make narrow smiles look fuller and more inviting
  • Straighter and less crowded teeth

Ready to find out if Braces are Right for You?

It is industry standard for Orthodontists to offer all new patients a free consultation; however, not all consultations are created equal. At Brewer Dental Center, a free consultation includes:

  • Complete orthodontic examination by a trained and certified orthodontist
  • Digital x-rays
  • Comprehensive and educational consultation with an orthodontist
  • 100% complimentary with no obligation
  • Consultative approach – giving you the best treatment options to fit your needs, help you reach your goals and fit your pocket

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Does My Child Need Early Orthodontic Treatment?

January 11th, 2018

Many developing orthodontic problems can be intercepted and corrected if diagnosed at an early age. The team at Brewer Dental Center Orthodontics and Pediatrics recommend children have their first orthodontic evaluation no later than seven years of age or younger if the front four permanent teeth have replaced the baby teeth. Early treatment, also known as Phase 1 orthodontics, provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Phase 1 guides growth and development – preventing serious problems down the road.

If your child showing signs of any of these, it may be time to think about early orthodontic treatment:

  • Early of late loss of baby teeth (typically, children start losing teeth around the age of 5 or 6, and permanent teeth in around 12 to 13)
  • Mouth breathing
  • Difficulty biting and/or chewing
  • Thumb sucking
  • Speech problems
  • Either the top or bottom teeth extend away from each other – also known as protruding teeth
  • Crowded front teeth
  • When biting down, the teeth don’t line up or come together

Early intervention can significantly reduce the severity of your child’s case. It can also reduce the length of treatment and cost for the second phase of treatment when all his/her permanent teeth come in. An orthodontic evaluation will determine if your child’s dental and skeletal growth is proceeding properly or if orthodontic treatment is necessary.

At Brewer Dental Center, we offer a free orthodontic consultation. This is a comprehensive consultation which includes a complete orthodontic exam, digital x-rays and a comprehensive, educational consultation with your orthodontist. We will discuss with you the best steps to take toward caring for your child’s smile.

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Rubber Band Horoscopes: What Your Color Says About You

January 3rd, 2018

One of the most exciting parts of wearing braces is getting to choose the colors of your rubber bands. However you feel about wearing braces, choosing the color of your rubber bands can bring a smile to your face. Whether you want to express your creativity, coordinate your braces with your outfit, or show some serious school spirit, decorating your mouth with colorful bands can be fun.

What Exactly Are Rubber Bands for Braces?
Rubber bands – also called elastics – are tiny and come in many different colors. Orthodontic rubber bands have two roles. First, one set of bands are called ligatures and wrap around each individual bracket to hold the archwire in place. They stay in place all of the time and are only removed by the orthodontist when your braces need adjusting. Everyone who wears braces have these rubber bands. The second type of rubber bands are called interarch and focus on fixing your bite and the alignment of your jaw. Not everyone who wears braces needs interarch rubber bands.

Common Color Combinations for Rubber Bands
With individual ligatures for each bracket, you may choose different color combinations for special events. You can have alternating colors or place an entire rainbow over your teeth. Here are a few options to consider:

  • School spirit colors
  • Favorite sports team colors
  • Patriotic colors
  • Holiday themes

Some patients choose only one color to match their mood, personality, or favorite outfits. The palette of choices allows you to make bold statements with your braces or go for subtler tones that blend in with the metal structures. Keep in mind that bright colors make your teeth look whiter, while lighter shades, such as yellow and white, may cause your teeth to appear less bright.

What Your Rubber Band Color Says About You

  • Red tones indicate that you are ready for action and take charge of your life with aggressive, forward-thinking steps.
  • Blue tones are calm and relaxing. You are conservative and exhibit integrity when dealing with situations.
  • Green tones represent growth and balance. You are level-headed and look for opportunities to grow emotionally and spiritually.
  • Purple tones attract creative energies. You like to have fun and use your imagination in every aspect of your life.
  • Orange tones indicate that you are optimistic and thrive in social situations where communication is open.
  • Pink is a romantic color that represents a caring personality. You also enjoy having fun with silly games and endless laughter.

Curious to see what colors best suit your style? Check out Paint Your Smile.

Paint Your Smile was designed by 3M for teen patients like you who want to have fun choosing their own elastics and brackets used for metal braces. In three easy steps you can get a good idea of what you would look like with braces that follow a certain color scheme. The final image that you produce on the website can be shared via your social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook.

Click Here To Try Paint Your Smile »

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