This is a question many parents have when a dentist or orthodontist recommends braces on a young patient (7-10yo) who still has baby teeth. It is a fair concern as most parents remember they and their peers receiving orthodontic treatment during the teenage years. The field of orthodontics has progressed in the last few decades and now recommends the first check up by an orthodontist to be at the age of 7.
Not all kids this age need orthodontic treatment from the age of 7-10. In fact, only about 1 in 5 kids need braces at this age. Treatment rendered while baby teeth are still present is called a Phase I of treatment and is later followed by a second phase once all the permanent teeth have erupted. Phase I is very specific in its goals and its purpose is to correct any jaw growth problems, guide permanent teeth in proper eruption, and to avoid extraction of permanent teeth in the future.
If you have a son or daughter over 7 years old and has not had an orthodontic evaluation, call our office for a free consultation (702)979-9799
This is one of the most common questions we get from patients. When asked I usually separate the the question into 2: 1) does it hurt when you get braces on? And 2) does it hurt after you get braces on and after adjustments (AKA “tightening appointments)? So let's answer each one individually:
A common question I get from parents is “will her teeth shift once my kid gets his wisdom teeth?” It is a perfectly rational thought. There usually isn’t enough room for wisdom teeth and many erupt at an angle that faces the tooth in front of them. One would assume that this applies pressure to the front teeth leading to crowding. On top of it all, an increase in crowding is observed right around the age the wisdom teeth erupt.
So what’s the answer? Here it is: although an increase in crowding of the lower front teeth occurs at around the same time as the eruption of wisdom teeth, They are not related! Various scientific experiments have been completed on this subject and all confirm there is no link.
Dr. Martinez, how can you be so sure? well, some people are born with wisdom teeth and others are not. In my experience and those of my colleagues, crowding of the lower front teeth occurs in both types of people. Instead, there are two reasons why this crowding occurs:
If the crowding mentioned earlier has already occurred, it may be worth getting your teeth fixed before it gets worse. For those who lost your retainer, it's worth getting it replaced before major shifting occurs. Give us a call at (702) 979-9799 or click here to schedule a free consult with Dr. Martinez.
There are few things in life that have as great of an impact on life as improving your smile. This is supported by numerous studies. Research demonstrates that improving your smile is a bigger beauty makeover than new clothes or expensive haircuts. In fact, in one study women who had genuine smiles in their high school yearbook tended to have better marriages and health 30 years later!!!!
A great smile has a profound change in how people perceive you. This perception has a great impact in every area of your life. From finding a date to getting a job or promotion, a bright smile makes a difference. It's a known fact that people who smile seem more attractive, friendly, approachable, personable and laidback. This is a quality we all want in those around us.
Not only do others perceive you differently, you perceive yourself differently. Ever seen the pictures of people who are self conscious about their smile? They never fully smile in fear of immortalizing their self-perceived “ugly smile”. Smiling improves your health, mood, and confidence. Knowing this it makes you wonder why these same people are denying themselves a better life!
If you or someone you know are the person who hides their smile, it’s time to consider orthodontic treatment (braces or invisalign). Call Martinez Orthodontics to schedule your complimentary one on one consult with Dr. Martinez.
What better feeling than figuring something out yourself; or even better that your DIY project saves money. Like anything else, common sense goes a long way. For example, watching an online video that helps you install light fixtures is great, but watching a video to do major electrical wiring of your house is not only ill advised, but it’s also dangerous. This brings us to the growing trend of DIY braces. In the last few years there’s been an increased number of DIY braces tutorial Youtube videos, and a few have gone viral.
Teeth need at least 8 hours of consistent pressure to begin moving. These DIY videos advocate wearing rubber bands around your teeth all day and night to close spaces and therein lies the danger. The shape of the teeth are not cylindrical, they are conical. Roots become thinner as you move towards the end of the root. The problem is that the rubber band slowly slides down the tooth towards the thinning end of the root. As it works itself down the root, the rubber band creates irreversible damage to the gums and permanently erodes the bone that supports the tooth. Worst of all, the rubber band can get trapped under the gums out of the reach of the individual. If this happens, the person must seek immediate care from a dental professional or risk losing their teeth (see picture below).
In the event that a person attempting to close a space does it successfully, that does not mean the space will remain closed. Remember retainers? They are meant to prevent teeth from moving back to how they were before braces. As a matter of fact the space between the two central incisors usually requires a bonded retainer due to a high tendency of reopening.
Moral of the story, it’s best to leave certain things to professionals. Orthodontists require 10-12 years of training after high school. Most state insurances cover orthodontic treatment based on the severity of the case. If that is not an option, many offices have interest free payment plans.
Un ortodoncista es un dentista, pero especializado en la práctica de alineamiento de dientes y corregimiento de mordidas. Al contrario, un dentista se dedica a tratamientos generales como rellenos, limpiezas, coronas, y extracciones.
Después de graduarse como dentista, ortodoncistas continúan su postgrado por 2-3 años con el enfoque completamente en frenos dentales (Invisalign, Brackets metálicos tradicionales, y Brackets cerámicos) obteniendo el título de especialista y una maestría en ciencias biológicas orales.
Un ejemplo, es un médico general/familiar a un dermatólogo. El médico general atiende a pacientes con una multitud de problemas y en cualquier parte del cuerpo. Un dermatólogo, al contrario, se concentra completamente en problemas de la piel. Seria muy dificil que el doctor primario tuviera el conocimiento que tiene cada especialista. Doctores primarios reconocen esto y mandan a pacientes con especialistas cuando es necesario.
El dentista es el equivalente al médico general, tiene los conocimientos básicos, pero no la especialidad que es la ortodoncia.